The Press: The Unnecessary Ministry

Under the Nazis, the German press was rigidly controlled by Hitler's ministry of information. Last fall, when Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's Christian-Democratic government announced plans to set up its own ministry of information, the free press of Germany howled objections. Political reporters banded together, passed a resolution charging that information ministries are "unusual in democratic states and, [if set up in Germany, might] strengthen tendencies aiming at infringement of the freedom and independence of the press."

The uproar forced Chancellor Adenauer to call off his plans for the information ministry. But last week the government quietly announced the formation of a "press coordinating...

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