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World War I—The King Bill

On a national scale the German-language press was restricted after the passing of the King bill. Senator William H. King of Utah, accusing many German papers of being "disloyal, traitorous, and treasonable," introduced a bill which required all German-language papers to print any comment respecting the government of the United States in parallel English and German columns until such a time that the paper was approved by the postmaster general. The design of the bill was to censor what was termed "traitorous comments," and it was passed as an amendment to the Espionage Act.

 


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Updated: 29 April 2004, RKB
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