The Press: Long-Play Needle

Polish journalists believing that limited freedom is better than none, have carefully avoided open battle with the ruling Communist Party. They have been sorely provoked nonetheless. Soon after the government's suppression of the free-swinging youth magazine Po Prostu (TIME, Oct. 14) last fall, party censors salted liberal wounds by smothering at birth a new intellectual magazine named Europa.

Last week the tension between writer and commissar stretched even tighter. The party decided to turn the independent-minded daily Sztandar Mlodych (Standard of Youth) into a house organ for the Communists' discredited Union...