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November 2, 1956

Policy Considerations for Radio Liberty Broadcasts

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CIA redistributes a State Department message of November 1 endorsing RL’s [temporary] ban on commentary on Hungarian events.


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Obtained and contributed to CWIHP by A. Ross Johnson. Cited Ch3 n106 in his book Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, CIA mandatory declassification review document number C01441021


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