The World: The Generals' Choice

"Não tocār na sucessdo," reads the entry in a little black book of censorship rules kept by the managing editor of a leading Brazilian daily. "Don't touch the succession." The term of President Emilio Médici, 67, still has another year to run, and the military junta that has ruled Brazil since 1964 has made clear its feeling that the process of picking Médici's successor should not be complicated by unwelcome discussion in the press.

Despite the ban on newspaper comment, however, there is already considerable private speculation in Brazil as to which of the dozen or so generals in the junta will...