The Press: China News Ban

Since his decision last August banning U.S. newsmen from entering Communist China, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles has traveled through and around at least three different reasons why he thinks the ban is necessary and justified. Last week the State Department chafed the American press by reviving, as its justification, Dulles' explanation that the sending of newsmen into Red China would amount to paying blackmail for the release of eight U.S. prisoners there. "We will not let newsmen go while [the Red Chinese] are holding our citizens illegally," Deputy Under Secretary Robert Murphy told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Minnesota's...

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