The Press: Rebellion at the Worker

For trying to serve Moscow in its coverage of the Hungarian rebellion, London's Communist Daily Worker had a rebellion on its own hands last week. Of its 30 staffers, four quit and 19 signed a petition protesting the paper's whitewash of Soviet brutality. Angriest of those who quit was its star correspondent, Peter Fryer, fresh from his assignment in Budapest itself. The others: Political Cartoonist "Gabriel" (real name: James Friell), Features Editor Malcolm MacEwan and Film Critic Patrick Goldring.

During Fryer's fortnight in Budapest, Worker readers saw only one of his dispatches, a wishy-washy interview with a British Communist living in Hungary....

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