The Press: Franco's New Commandments

For 26 years the press in Franco's Spain has been fenced in by a "provisional" code of El Caudillo's own construction. Its comprehensive restrictions, bound into law, taught newspapers such docility that enforcement of the law was rarely necessary. Last week, as a reward to his domesticated press, Franco proposed replacing the old law with what purported to be a more liberal statute. But the first six press commandments enunciated by Minister of Information Manuel Fraga Iribarne suggested that in Franco's Spain press freedom would remain only a dream:

> "Observe the norms of Christian morals and maintain fidelity to the principles...

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