The Press: Permissiveness in Saigon

Until the bloody November coup in South Viet Nam, Saigon's daily newspapers existed entirely on palace whim. It was an iron whim. During his last three years in office, President Diem revoked the licenses of a dozen papers that, for one reason or another, had offended the presidential sensibilities. But where the Diem regime concentrated on whipping the press into line, the new junta government seems eager to flood the country with newspapers. Last week 44 dailies were publishing in Saigon—and the government has received 126 other license applications.

Most likely, all the applications will be granted as part of a calculated...

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