835.918/6–1345: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina ( Braden ) to the Secretary of State

1236. Following is my statement today to American press representatives and correspondents:

I am happy to inform you that Dr. Oscar Lomuto, Undersecretary of Information ad interim of the Ministry of Interior, visited me today at 12:30 on instructions from and in representation of His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic, Colonel Juan D. Perón, and stated to me in most categorical terms that the Argentine Government is irrevocably dedicated to complete freedom of the press and is absolutely opposed to any obstacles being placed in the way thereof. Dr. Lomuto requested that I summon all American press associations and correspondents in Argentina and inform them that they will henceforth have complete freedom for the transmission and receipt of all news despatches. He moreover requested that if they encounter the slightest hindrance or delay in the transmission of their despatches they inform the Secretariat of Information and this Embassy thereof in order that immediate remedial measures may be taken by the Government, and that those responsible therefor be punished.

The Embassy and I personally will of course be glad at all times to cooperate with both the Argentine authorities and the American press associations and correspondents in these particulars.

Braden