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Approved For Release 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP83-0102200100180004-1 mn n e'v Surprise to Editors Is W :+e House eve t resident Kennedy has proposed "" e inn h em . _= u that newspapers select a representative to advise t information which might affect national security. But a num- ber of prominent editors say they: heard no such specific terday' the' President suggested at, a meeting with a -group of editors May 9- that the press "might want to appoint some- one in whom it would have case questions involving na- tional- security come up- ' s remarks were Mr. Salinger mare when he was asked about 1 The - Globe story said +Mt. - newspaperg `-appoint someoft ozi publication of information which might affect security. The adviser would be briefed by the Government on all mat- hers of national security. No Specific Proposal Benjamin M. McXelway, editor of The star and presi-.' dent of the Associated Press, said in -a statement that Mr.: Kennedy made no specific pro- posals at the May 9 meeting,. attended by Mr. McKelway and other editors. Mr. ivlc telway's statement ksaid; "If the President made T such proposal as 'that outlined by Mr:. Salinger, he did nit f WASHINGTON STAR - 24 May 1961 make it to the committee o newspapermen, who called on him May 9 at the White House. "As I recall it, the President made some casual references to the idea of establishing an In New York, Mark Ferree, vice president of Scripps-HOW- and newspapers and president of the -American Newspaper Publishers Association, said he had no comment beyond a tatemerit the newspaper rep- resentatives issued after their meeting with Mr. Kennedy. That statement was signed ; by Mr. -Ferree and by Felix R. McKnight, executive editor of the Dallas (Tex.) Times-Her- d and president of the Ameri- van Society of Newspaper itors. The statert~ent said the Gov- ernrhent and the `press com- mittee would continue to review the subject of the press and national security and would meet-again in several months. In Dallas, Mr, McKnight said yesterday: - "At ; no time . did President Kennedy propose censorship in his White House meeting with the editors and publishers. "One brief reference wa made concerning possibilif advisory center for infof faA- Itioninvolving national serer.- but the President did not submit it. as a firm proposal or offer a blueprint for its: operation. . Urges Public Statement autl ority of some sort empow- Lee Hills, executive editor of ered to answer queries from the Detroit Free Press and newspapers as to' whether ino Miami Herald and a -director formation they planned to of ASNE also attended the , print would violate security. "He did not propose, however, meietin ashington, Mr. Hills to 'establish any such Machin- said: ery and the newspapermen of- "If President Kennedy wishes fered no comment on the idea. to propose a security informa- Had the President advanced tion screening plan such as out- such a groposal, it is my Im- lined by Mr. Salinger, I think pression some member of the he should do so publicly and newspaper committee - would ~ tell how individual censorship have suggested that.e nee by thousands of editors and that n World War II demonstrated broadcasters would be effective that no form of voluntary cen- _ unless the Government also sets sorship would be effective with- up strict censorship at the bor- n Further, Mr. Hills said, 'the President made no direct pro_- posal to the committee. He did make one casual reference to the. possibility of some kind of advisory center on security matters but did not discuss it or refer to it again . - .." Frank H. Bartholomew, pres ident of United Press Interna- tional, said in a statement: "It was my feeling at the con- clusion of the meeting that a program for channelizing Wash- ington news concerning mili- tary and defense. matters is by no means a dead issue in the President's mind. - I did not feel the watter was a closed issue as the first meeting adjourned." Discussion Recalled D. Tennant Bryan, publisher of Richmond Newspapers, Inc., - and one of the newspapermen present at the conference, is- sued the following statement last night: "For more than an hour, we discussed fully with the Presi- dent the responsibility of the daily newspaper press for the protection of national security. It was agreed that-in the ab- sence of a declaration by the President of a state of na- tional emergency-there was no necessity for the creation of a czar or monitor to guide editors in questions of security. "It is hard for me to under- stand how Pierre Salinger, who was present throughout our meeting with the President and who participated in the draft- ing of the joint statement that followed the meeting, could say seriously that the President made such a proposal. "Of course, we stand ready to renew our study of the prob- lem whenever the President feels it necessary." The May 9 meeting came as a follow-up to a speech Mr. Kennedy made to the Ameri-: can Newspaper Publishers As- sociation April 27 in New York. He suggested the press con- sider self-censorship in a deal- ing with matters that might af- feet security. - g out ce s i of ou and t ele e 2(01M1 ,, tDP83-01022R000100180004-1