Press and State

Archive Report

Press Freedom and the United Nations

Conventions Awaiting General Assembly Action

Three Proposed Conventions dealing with freedom of information are to be taken up at the third regular session of the United Nations General Assembly now meeting in Paris. The conventions were framed at the U.N. Conference on Freedom of Information which sat in Geneva from Mar. 23 to Apr. 21, 1948. Each has an important bearing on the relations of governments and the agencies for news gathering and dissemination known collectively as the press.

A Convention on the Gathering and International Transmission of News provides that the nations which accept it will refrain from censoring outgoing news, except for reasons of “national security,”1 and that if such censorship is necessary, it will be carried out in ...

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