The Press: Put Up or Shut Down

Seizure and censorship have long been the unhappy lot of Saigon's newspaper publishers. Now the government of South Viet Nam has assumed the power to put them out of business altogether. Last week the number of daily newspapers in the country stood at 29, after 13 folded from failure to meet strict new financial requirements imposed by President Nguyen Van Thieu.

Given a six-month mandate by the National Assembly to rule by decree, Thieu announced in August that every newspaper would have to put up a $47,000 "deposit" in order to publish. From this...

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