The Secretary of State to Certain Diplomatic and Consular Offices 1
The Secretary of State refers to the information and educational exchange programs2 and in particular to recent communications concerning United States information policy with regard to anti-American propaganda. There is enclosed for the information of the Officers in Charge and other appropriate officers, particularly those concerned with the information and educational exchange programs, a statement of the objectives of United States information policy with regard to anti-American propaganda. There is also enclosed a statement of guidance for the selection and preparation of information materials with regard to anti-American propaganda prepared by the Department primarily for the use of its media divisions but which, it is felt may be useful to officers concerned with the activities of the information and educational exchange programs in the field.[Page 594]
The Department appreciates the suggestions and recommendations received to date from various missions on the subject under reference and will appreciate further comments which the Officers in Charge may wish to make, either on the general subject under reference or on any particular aspect of this subject as it relates to conditions in the country to which he is accredited.
- Sent to 84 United States Embassies, Legations, Consulates, and Political Advisers.↩
- On January 27, 1948, President Truman signed the U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act (the Smith–Mundt Act); Public Law 402, 80th Cong., 2nd sess.; 62 Stat. 6). This measure authorized a broad, permanent information and cultural exchange program which was to be administered by the Department of State.↩