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March 1949 - First Semiannual Report by the US Advisory Commission on Information to the Congress


March 1949 – First Semiannual Report by the US Advisory Commission on Information to the Congress

Commission Members

  • Erwin D. Canham, acting chair
  • Philip D. Reed
  • Justin Miller
  • Mark May



This report outlined existing worldwide programming and made recommendations to the Secretary of State and Congress. The Commission observed that the implementation of Public Law 402 is off to a good start. So far, excellent contacts have been established—although disseminating information to a larger audience requires a larger US Government operating budget and staff. The report praised American libraries abroad as well as the activities of VOA and encouraged an expansion of these programs. The report also emphasized that the ultimate purpose of international information efforts is to create public opinion based on accurate information.


"The audience reached here are available. The Voice is heard. And it is effective. It is effective partly because it tells the people the truth about what is going on in the world outside: and in their own countries."

"Our broadcasts are reaching the masses of those peoples and are keeping them informed of the truth and of the American position."

"Our aim should not be to sell ourselves particularly but to prevent the Soviets from selling us short by default on our part."

"In every instance the press, radio, library, and film work should be expanded beyond present narrow limitations."


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