Extract of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech titled: “The President and the press” before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, 27 april 1961.
The very word “secrecy” is repugnant
in a free and open society.
We are opposed around the world
by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy.
there is very grave danger
that an anounced need for increased security
will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning
to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
The First Amendment provides that
Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
…confident that with your help (of the press)
man will be what he was born to be:
free and independent.
Full speech (audio only) at JFK Library org