The Press: A Nous la Liberte?

Last week in the Hotel de Ville in Algiers the French Provisional Consultative Assembly debated mightily over a mighty question: How free should the French press be when France itself is freed? At week's end the Assembly brought forth a law that was not one of press freedom but of Government control.

Like everyone else, the French legislators had found freedom of the press easier to extol than to define. Looking back into France's history for memories of that liberty, they could find examples of the best and the worst.

The worst was...

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