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White house and freedom of information

Eisenhower and Secrt Government Information

President eisenhower took an important step in behalf of freedom of information when he announced, June 17, that he would drastically modify President Truman's controversial executive order on classification of government information. Final action is being withheld temporarily to give the press an opportunity to suggest further changes for the administration's consideration. But the terms of the proposed new order, as now outlined, indicate that it will go far to meet complaints leveled against its predecessor.1 It is in line also with the 1952 Republican platform pledge “not to infringe by censorship or gag order the right of a free people to know what their government is doing,”

Issuance of the original executive order on Sept. ...

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