Newspapers: Necessary Measures in Saigon

Some 100 South Vietnamese newsmen and 20 foreign correspondents assembled in Saigon last week on command of Premier Nguyen Ngoc Tho. For three hours Tho castigated the performance of the very newspapers to which his government had pledged full freedom. He fumed at what he called their unconquerable tendency to print lies and "sensationalism." His criticism even extended to the character of some of the editors. One, he suggested, was an opium addict; another was playing footsie with the Communists. If the country's press did not mend its ways, concluded Tho, "the government would have to take the...

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