OPINION

JANUARY 20-21, 1952

NEWSPAPERS CLOSED: Following a recommendation by the Interior Ministry’s general security department, the Appeals Council yesterday issued a ruling ordering the closure of the daily Communist newspaper Democrat and the weekly magazine issued by the Democratic Youth organization, Guardians of Peace. Officers of Athens General Security closed the two publications’ offices and seized equipment and paper supplies. They also arrested the editor of Democrat, Mr Gavrilidis, leader and guiding spirit of the United Democratic Left, a party which, according to the authorities, is a cover for the Communist Party in Greece. SOCIAL PROBLEM: In Patras last night, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos gave a speech before a large crowd. «(…) Unfortunately, everywhere I go I see the symptoms of our people’s economically and socially desperate circumstances,» he said. CYPRUS ISSUE: Cyprus’s students rallied enthusiastically yesterday for the second anniversary of the Cypriot referendum and at the same time protested strongly against Britain’s oppressive measures against Greek Cypriots. (..) The general secretary of the committee for Cyprus’s union (with Greece), Archimandrite Hieronymous Kotsonis, made a rousing speech at the rally and read out a message from Athens Archbishop Spyridon (…). The decision by Education Minister Petros Efthymiou to change the process by which rectors are elected constitutes a step in the right direction. Such changes, however, are not a panacea. What we need is a new, comprehensive reform of university education which will safeguard the democratic achievements of the 1982 reform, but which will also insert the missing elements: meritocracy, social control and academic responsibility.