The Press: Pledge of Allegiance?

A bit clumsily, with a threat here and a shove there, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has continued to push toward the goal of reducing foreign reporters in India to flacks for her authoritarian regime. At first the government seemed to be backing down after criticism of its demand that all journalists from abroad sign away their freedom to report events by pledging to "comply" with strait-jacket censorship guidelines. Reporters were instead handed an alternative pledge that acknowledged their receipt of the guidelines but did not contain any flat-out promise to obey them. A debate quickly followed over whether the distinction in...

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