The Press: The New Freedom

One day last week, editors of 47 Japanese newspapers and wire services were summoned to SCAP's Censorship Division for some big news. After almost three years, censorship (already suspended for most of the Japanese press) was abolished; henceforth editors will have to figure out for themselves what is unfit to print. But they were warned that censorship might be restored, or editors suspended for not observing the occupation "press code."

This vague, sweeping document has given Japanese editors the willies. Among its provisions: 1) stories must adhere strictly to truth (and only the Army knows what that is) and make no destructive...

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