The Press: Throwing the Rule Book

The Eighth Army last week clamped an airtight censorship on all news from Korea. Colonel R. L. Thompson, Major General Matthew Ridgway's information boss, issued 1,600 words of regulations that forbade correspondents to describe armament and equipment, discuss the Army's "strength, efficiency, morale," identify troops by unit or location, or even to mention the presence of U.S. troops in any sector until the enemy knew it. Dispatches not only had to be "accurate in statement and in implication" but so written as not to "injure the morale of our forces or our allies...

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