The Press: Singapore Sling

On arriving in Singapore last week on his Pacific tour, New York's Governor Thomas E. Dewey had a complaint to make. In a speech before the bigwig Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Dewey fished out a clipping from the English-language Singapore Straits-Times. Its front page carried a bannerline story and a four-column photo of the Cicero, Ill riots (TIME, July 23). Complained Dewey: "I am shocked to find that an incident of racial prejudice involving a few hundred people out of a nation of 150 million people is front-page news in Singapore . . ."

Governor Dewey's criticism was blacked out by Singapore's press....

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