The Press: What Price News

News is sold in a Lisbon black market. Smuggled, uncensored copies of U.S. newspapers and magazines find their way to neutral Portugal in the hands of seamen or of Clipper passengers. There they bring fancy prices. The buyers: Axis agents who want the latest dope on U.S. strikes, race riots, political discords, and who flock to Lisbon's airports and wharves every time a plane or ship comes in. Single, uncensored copies of the New York Times have sold for as high as $60. One copy of LIFE brought $120.

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