Below is an audio excerpt from President John F. Kennedy’s address to the American Newspaper Publishers on April 27, 1961.

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Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed – and no republic can survive.

And so it is to the printing press – to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news — that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

-John F. Kennedy, 1961


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