The Press: Security & Information

The Eisenhower Administration, whose press relations have been under attack by Washington newsmen (TIME, Oct. 26), last week tried to end some of the criticism; it got ready to ease the regulations on classified information. But the announcement of the change only served to touch off another flurry of complaints.

The regulations, originally put into effect two years ago by Harry Truman, gave Government departments the right to classify information for security reasons, i.e., label it "top secret," "secret," etc. Newsmen complained that the order could easily be abused by bureaucrats with nothing to hide but their own mistakes. Last week...

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