CUBA: Free to Keep Quiet?

President Fulgencio Batista last week lifted press censorship and restored constitutional guarantees that were suspended after the crushing of last July's bloody Santiago revolt. The news was welcome in Cuba, and might have been greeted even more enthusiastically if Batista had not put through a tough "Law of Public Order" during the state of emergency (TIME, Aug. 17). That law remains on the books, and if its penalties for any Cuban who "spreads, publishes, has published or transmits false rumors . . . against the nation's dignity [and] the credit of the nation or the government" are rigorously applied, ordinary...

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