Leading Article

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Leading Article


an introductory article of a newspaper or journal; it is written by an editor or, occasionally, by a contributor.

In the party and Soviet press, leading articles are an important means for propagandizing the CPSU’s policies in all spheres of public life. Leading articles in social and political periodicals interpret and comment on major current events and on the tasks of the domestic and foreign policy of the CPSU and the Soviet government; they also advocate innovations, criticize shortcomings, and point out practical solutions for current tasks of communist construction. The distinguishing trait of leading articles is their making of broad conclusions from individual facts. In specialized newspapers and journals, leading articles usually deal with vital issues concerning development and perfection of the national economy and culture.


Zhanry sovetskoi gazety. Moscow, 1972.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"The language used of the president of Pakistan in your leading article is offensive and flouts the norms of decent journalism," he wrote.
SIR - Your leading article's support of the National Eisteddfod (July 30) is very welcome and you mention the festival's willingness to reach out to areas where Welsh is not the majority language, citing the Newport Eisteddfod in 2004 as an example.
Dear Sir, I refer to your leading article "An ill wind (Birmingham Post, July 26).
YOUR paper's recent leading article, in which Liverpool Lord Mayor Alan Dean expressed his misgivings over the apparent reluctance of city planners to favour tall structures, made painful reading.
No other epilogue for the Census was expected when we knew that it was under the influence of the government and under the dictate of the political parties, comments Shkeljzen Ljushaj in Wednesday's leading article. According to him, it is enough to change the names of those who engaged by VMRO-DPMNE and BDI, even Vesna Janevska, former president of SCC, voted as a delegate of the governing party in Bitola.
* SIR - The Western Mail has once again illustrated the wastefulness of having 22 county councils governing in Wales, in its leading article on June 29 entitled "We must grasp the nettle and reform our costly councils".
Sir, - With regard to the leading article (Post, May 10) by Campbell Docherty concerning the M6 toll road, the remarks attributed to Mr Dennis Eagar illustrate yet again the contempt displayed towards the motorist and the transport industry in general.
There are many elements that prove that Albanians in Macedonia live in the most primitive neo-communism and serve the government, and not the other way around, comments publicist Kim Mehmeti in Tuesday's leading article. Mehmeti adds that there is still something that cannot be denied but is frequently stressed by Albanian politicians: today, we have more Albanian policeman and officials than ever before.
SIR - I read with concern your leading article of Monday, March 3 on the scrapping of hospital parking charges.
Sir, - I have just read the leading article in the perspective section, (Post, Dec, 27), concerning congestion charging.
Education Minister Nikola Todorov appealed to the future students to choose professions in demand in the Macedonian labor market that offer greater perspective and would provide a "better standard of living," comments Emin Azemi in Monday's leading article. Azemi adds that Minister Todorov had a great desire to see the young people as future workers but the government did little to open new working posts.
SIR - I note that the very top benefit of the St Athan development you list in the Western Mail's leading article is the projected 10-15% rise in house prices .