The Press: Crackdown on A. P.

Trust-busting Thurman Arnold, who for months has sought to crack down on the Associated Press, last week got the go-ahead signal. Attorney General Francis Biddle agreed to let him prosecute A.P., the world's biggest cooperative news-gathering agency, as an alleged combination in restraint of free commerce in the news.

Actual filing of a suit, expected within ten days, awaited only a decision on whether the prosecution would be civil or criminal. Arnold wants to make it a criminal case. Under his threats to sue, A.P. last spring liberalized its membership rules, permitting the granting of an A.P. franchise to a new member...

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