The Press: Off to Queer Street

Britain's newspaper publishers, already cramped by a newsprint shortage and soaring prices, caught another body blow. The Newsprint Supply Co. Ltd., the nonprofit cooperative through which the publishers allocate their newsprint supplies, announced last week that paper was so short that the wartime rationing system would have to be reimposed. Under it, the use of newsprint will be limited to the level of 1950's first nine months, thus force every paper either to freeze its circulation or to cut its size, already down to six or at most eight pages.

Wryly, publishers called the move "self-imposed, under duress." They were forced to...