The Press: Print, and Be Seized

Underground newspapers are notoriously under-read, under-circulated and over-persecuted. But the case of La Cause du Peuple, the organ of France's outlawed Maoist proletarian movement, is extreme. It is not printed to be read, but to be seized by the authorities.

Since it began two years ago, the bimonthly paper has had three editors. The first two are in jail for inciting public disorder. Their conviction last May touched off clashes reminiscent of the 1968 student uprisings in Paris. The third editor is Jean-Paul Sartre, 65.

The father of existentialism and refuser of the Nobel Prize...

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