The Press: The Meaning of Freedom

In Geneva's stately League of Nations palace, biggest building in Switzerland, the United Nations held its biggest international conference—on the world's press. Three hundred and fifty delegates from 67 nations (including 55 U.N. members) could look out last week at lofty, snowcapped peaks as they argued about lofty principles for world freedom of the press. As usual when good, bad & indifferent fellows get together, not all the debates were on an Olympian plane; there was much bitter name-calling about press warmongering, censorship, monopoly and suppression.

Fumble. The strong U.S. delegation, headed by William B. Benton, got off to a weak start....

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