Censorship: Ominous Signs in Saigon

Saigon and censorship have been bedfellows since the days when dispatches began with Indochina datelines. For years the censor's work was highly visible; Saigon newspapers were a patchwork of white space and type. Fourteen months ago, local censorship entered a new phase. Editors could print what they pleased, but they risked suspension of their papers if they violated the pitfall-laden maze of press regulations. So far 31 Saigon papers have run afoul of the government, and 14 of them remain closed. Through it all, foreign journalists have, with rare exceptions, been exempted not only from restrictions but from coercion...

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