Yugoslavia: Quiet, Please

The wheels of government turned ponderously to silence a critic in Yugoslavia last week. The victim was Mihajlo Mihajlov, 30, professor of literature at the university at Zadar on the Adriatic Sea, who, after a visit to Russia, wrote a frankly anti-Soviet piece for the Yugoslav monthly Delo (TIME, Feb. 19). Grabbed by police under pressure from President Tito himself, Mihajlov was charged with "deriding" a foreign government—a criminal charge in Yugoslavia.

At his trial, Mihajlov proved a difficult man to cow. Appearing in a courtroom whose only ornament was a large portrait of Tito, he pleaded not guilty before...

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