Freedom of Speech–At What Cost?

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In 1929, American journalist George Seldes published “You Can’t Print That,” an expos√© of media censorship and government control over the press. In it, Seldes published a 1918 interview with¬†Paul von Hindenburg, the German field marshal during World War I.

The information Hindenburg revealed during the interview could have seriously changed the course of history: Seldes claimed that Hindenburg’s information ”would have destroyed the main planks of the platform on which Hitler rose to power.”

However, military censors stopped Hindenburg’s information from ever being published, which is something that Seldes fought strongly against during his career as a journalist.

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