The Press: Customarily Scandalous

When a newspaper prints an objectionable personal reference, you can shoot the editor, but usually your only legal redress is to sue for libel. Not so in Minnesota. There they have a "Newspaper Suppression Act," called by libertarians a "Gag Law." Last week State Chief Justice S. B. Wilson ruled that the law does not violate the constitutional provision guaranteeing freedom of the press.

Minnesota's Gag Law, passed by the State Legislature in 1925, gives any district judge power to suppress any publication which in his opinion prints "malicious, scandalous and defamatory matter."...

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