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Kennedy Speech to Press...

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April 28, 1961

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 28, 1961

* JFK's speech to The American Newspaper Publisher's Association 
* Freedom of the Press

The front page has: "PRESIDENT URGES PRESS TO CENSOR NEWS AIDING REDS", which shows the beginning of an article covering JFK's speech to American publishers, and contains a related photo. Coverage includes: "It is the unprecedented nature of this challenge that also gives rise to your second obligation--an obligation which I share. And that is our obligation to inform and alert the American people--to make certain that they possess all the facts that they need, and understand them as well--the perils, the prospects, the purposes of our program and the choices that we face.
No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed."
Complete in 56 pages, browning along the mid-fold and edges, and slightly rough margins - none of which impacts the described content. The front page article has also been archivally mended from the reverse side. See images for details.

Category: The 20th Century