Germany's Foreign Minister von Neurath Denies Censorship of Foreign Press Hot

Germany's Foreign Minister von Neurath Denies Censorship of Foreign Press

Konstantin von Neurath
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

In an interview with the foreign press, Germany Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath denies that there is any censorship of foreign correspondents in Germany and objects to the false reports being spread.

Neurath says:

"A big American sheet wrote several days ago that foreign correspondents must submit their reports to a censor. ... In those few instances where actually telegraph authorities, on the basis of an international treaty, held up reports of foreign correspondents, their news items were either untrue or so distorted that their publication indubitably had to be considered dangerous to the state.

That in times like these steps were taken against them can be considered by nobody who thinks impartially as an arbitrary interference with the freedom of the press. Amicable relations between peoples are not served if the press degrades itself to an organ for irresponsible, tendentious rumor mongering."

Among the things which Konstantin von Neurath considers "untrue" and thus needs to be censored are reports of Jews being persecuted in Nazi Germany.

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Statement of Nuremberg defendant Konstantin von Neurath (Aug. 31, 1946)

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