Peacetime Censorship

Archive Report

New Policies to Fit a Time of Peril

Newspaper executives and the federal government have agreed to continue their study of means by which publication of vital security information helpful to enemies of the United States can be prevented. Despite a preliminary rebuff, President Kennedy still is believed to attach great importance to eventual development of some system of voluntary censorship that will head off harmful disclosures. Meanwhile, the press has been given a general guide for exercise of its function in a period of national peril. The President set forth that guide in an address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27: “Every newspaper now asks Itself, with respect to every story: ’Is it news?’ All I suggest is that you add ...

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