The Press: A Cold War for Press Freedom

The weather in New Delhi was seasonably mild last week, with temperatures mostly in the 70s. If Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had had her way, however, it would have been a lot hotter in the pressroom of the Indian Express (circ. 400,000), the flagship of India's largest newspaper chain. Reason: government officials tried a few weeks ago to rip out the paper's air-conditioning system and auction it off to satisfy a disputed tax bill. Only a last-minute court injunction saved Express workers from a daily steam bath.

With such mundane weapons as air conditioners...

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