The Press: Nonsense Censorship

Trying to wrest some sense out of France's wavering progress between civil war and De Gaulle, the French press last week also had to grapple with an old enemy: censorship. Though vague and erratic, the government's censorship was the tightest invoked by any Western democracy since the end of the war. Amateur censors, hurriedly recruited from the civil service, stood watch at all the wire services and most big daily newspapers, heavily blue-penciled many a story.

By Guess & by Hunch. The pruning seemed generally aimed at curbing the suggestion of civil war, but,...

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