The Press: Free Press v. War

At World War I's end, tough-minded, ingenious Kent Cooper, traffic manager of the Associated Press, was in Paris. There he suggested to Allied peacemakers that the Versailles Treaty include a clause guaranteeing worldwide freedom of the press. He got astute support from Colonel Edward M. House, but from few others.

This week Kent Cooper, now A.P.'s executive director, renewed the fight. In an article written for a "Journalism in War-Time" symposium, he proposed that international freedom of news exchange be made a cardinal principle of any future peace treaties. Back of his proposal was a sound newsman's unshakable conviction: if universal dissemination...

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