Dedicating Freedom Of The Press – New York World’s Fair – April 22, 1939 – Past Daily Reference Room
Click on the link here for Audio Player – WOR-Mutual – Dedication of Freedom Of The Press Statue – New York World’s Fair – April 22, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
It would only seem natural, with all the saber rattling and threats from Fascist dictators in 1939, that we be reminded (in a big way) of what Freedom of The Press was all about. And what better place to do it than the New York World’s Fair of 1939.
We needed to be reminded then (as we still need to be reminded) that Press Freedom is crucial to a functioning and democratic society. Of course, these days the rules are being a bit bent to include Freedom to fabricate the news, Freedom to invent the News and Freedom to distort the news. But that’s a moral question, I suppose – and with Freedom comes responsibility; to infuse that responsibility with a sense of integrity and facts.
But don’t let’s quibble . . . .
In 1939 Freedom of The Press was a crucial and necessary Freedom in the gradually deteriorating world around us.
Here is that dedication, as it was carried live by WOR-AM in New York and broadcast via the Mutual Broadcasting System on April 22, 1939.