A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 23, 1953

Dear Time-Reader

Back in the days when Farouk was Egypt's king, almost any reference in TIME to Egyptian politics became an automatic candidate for the censor's scissors. TIME was banned in Egypt for half of 1948 and most issues in 1949 had stories snipped out. The cover story on Farouk (TIME, Sept. 10, 1951) was not allowed to enterEgypt and stories in subsequent issues were cut out of the magazines before TIME was released for distribution.

All this changed abruptly with last July's military coup, which resulted in Farouk's exile. General Mohammed Naguib showed himself to be just as sensitive to criticism as...

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