The Press: Reversible Straitjacket

Britain's stern laws of libel and contempt, which keep much of Britain's news out of print, made news on their own account last week.

¶ For their coverage of Dr. John Bodkin Adams' trial on a charge of murder, five London newspapers—the Daily Mail, News Chronicle, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Daily Mirror—had libel writs from Dr. Adams' lawyers.

¶ In a separate action resulting from the Adams case. Britain's biggest newsstand distributor, W. H. Smith & Son. announced that henceforth it will 1) screen all foreign newspapers and magazines for material that seems to...

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