The Times and Freedom of the Press

    Abstract

    How often do readers notice the serial number at the front of a journal? Yet this number is much more than a convenient means of identification used by publishers and printers; as is pointed out in an article in The Times of November 25, it indicates the intention of continuing to produce the journal at short intervals, so that the reader can follow the progress of events—it is a sign of continuous and watchful activity. The Times has given this service to Great Britain for the past century and a half, and it has now proudly inscribed the number 50,000 on the front page of its issue of November 25. As the years have gone by, The Times has grown in stature, under a succession of distinguished editors, until it is now an organ of international repute.

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