The Press: Lapsed Liberfe

While worshiping abstract liberte, the French in hours of crisis can stamp hard upon freedom's toes. Last week in Zurich, the International Press Institute, volunteer guardian of the rights of newsmen and newspapers in the democratic world, accused the French government of 40 specific violations of press freedom during 1957's first six months—a record unparalleled for the period in any other democracy.

The report, written by young (30) Andre Vial, co-editor of the leftist Catholic weekly Temoignage Chretien (Christian Witness), was directed at the government of Socialist Premier Guy Mollet, but it did not blame Mollet so much as his successor, Premier...

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