The Press: Rags and Libertines

As the pro-Communist government of Portuguese Premier Vasco dos Santos Gonçalves lurched closer to collapse last week (see THE WORLD), the general paused to heap invective on an unexpected enemy. "Certain organs of the Portuguese press are today bordering on the near obscene," Gonçalves roared at an audience in a high school gymnasium near Lisbon. "Their looseness with freedom impairs freedom of the press." That might seem an odd complaint from a man heading a regime that has permitted Communist-dominated unions to gag nearly all of the nation's newspapers and every television and...

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