320/12–2051: Telegram


The Acting Chairman of the United States Delegation to the General Assembly ( Roosevelt ) to the Secretary of State


Delga 757. Daily Classified Summary No. 41, December 20, 10:56 p.m.

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Freedom of Information

US objections to the completion of the Freedom of Information Convention were reiterated to Schuman1 (France) by Mrs. Roosevelt. She held that the present climate of opinion was unfavorable to completion of the convention. The US hoped, she said, the earlier convention, which was already completed, might be opened for signature at this session.

Schuman acknowledged differences of opinion on the draft Freedom of Information Convention were almost irreconcilable but stated his Government felt strongly something was needed to “balance” the Convention on Transmission of News and the Right of Correction. He suggested a resolution, a declaration, or a code of ethics might serve this purpose.

The US, Mrs. Roosevelt responded, would be very glad to consider concrete proposals of the French Delegation.

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  1. Robert Schuman, French Minister for Foreign Affairs.