DRAFT PROJECT FOR AN INFORMATION BUREAU OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR FREE EURO

Created: 10/31/1999

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Basic Considerations

1." The political emigres rroai Eastern Europe and the Balkansarge amount of information regarding conditions in theircountries, and would be able to get much more, In fact to direct streams of currant newsentral bureau. In addition, they areetter position than most other persons or institutions to appraise the significance of Eastern European events. This ap-praising does not mean editorializing.

2. In order effectively to face and overcome the present vrond drive of imperial Communism against democracy, man and women in parts of tne world that axe stillin theshould knew more about the aims, methods and actions of Cocm-jniat regimes.

rerfiaps, many Americans and Western Europeans are "fed up' Tdth news about Coaaunism and would like to escape from learning more about it. tate ofitus all the More to find ways to bring facts rogarolng woria Communism to the attention oi* theAmerica. It increases ourto devise elf active methods for using the storehouse or* current

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information at our disposal.

km Tbe ftatlonai Committee for Free Europe in order to fulfill the purpose for which it was created must find workuitable nature for many educated political emigres. Instead of letting their productions He in flies or library stacks, these should be brought to the attention of tbo world. Thie would require comparatively little additional cost.

Actoally the project might become partially self supporting.

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Principal activities i. To prepare andarge number of striking, readable, illustrated boolciots. based on verified and irrefataoio facts, regard-ing the workings of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Ealkwns.

booklets would deai with specific matters of personalsuch as the family, school, songs, sport, picnics,dvreilinga, books, papers, the routine of buying groceries

and ciotbes, food on the dining tabic, transportation for parents and children, navies, churches, Sunday Schools, holidays, humor, etc. The aim would be to write History as It ia being enacted,anner as sound as tnat of the Boards and as interesting as Haxt Dianey.

authors would be men actually caught in the naoistrombut ail their writings would be anonymous ana Droughtor perspective.

Competent, iniormed emigres snouid describe in cetala. salient

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aspects of life under Conounist regimes as they exist from roiand to Macedonia; these accounts would be translated, coordinated,ustrated and put outroduct of the National Coaaittee for Free Burope. no politician, group, party or individual would be allowed to.

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aggrandize himself through then. Both international labor and Eastern European poasantry could bo given adequate scope without in any way offending other groups or Comnittees*

These writers would not work at the Bureau. They sight beat various places in. orbehind the Iron Curtain in rare cases. They would work under the supervision of the Bureau ranphiet Editor and send their productions to him.

d. The booklets should be distributed in schools, churches, youth societies, labor unions. Knights of Colvmbus, womon3 ciubs, service clubs, teachers organliationa, etc. There is an urgent need of such material.

' 2. To collect and prepare current news, which should bethrough regular news bulletins to newspapers and by direct contacts with news channels of various kinds.

a. One source of news should be the monitoring of radiocasts from Iron Curtain Countries. Hews about trends and events should beout of this great daily mass of Coireinist threats, promises, orders, criticisms, complaints, reports on trials and at trials, Such monltorinc reports are available and can be Tdnno^ed at cooperatively little cost. It is an excellent source or information and largely unused.

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b* econd source of current news are Communist papersfrom Communist ruled lands. Kany are available ormade available. By careful scrutiny and analysis, these Trillauthentic current news. This source is almost entirelythis activity the news Bureau should work closely with theon Slavic Studies who issue weekly an excellentof Soviet Press." It should also work with various

books, current collections of poeos, cook books,guides, song books, primers,agazines, altruisticfrom Communist governed countries must be collectedfor material to be used in news bulletins and in paaphlets*

foreign-language cress in. ourceo the general public.

e- Literally hundreds of thousands of letters come to. from Communist ruled lands, and some of then contain very valuable Of course they must be sifted, wfiighed and coordinated.

coming out of those lands constantly bring freshwell organized this can be an especially fruitful sourcercetter situation to organize this than anyprivate news agency.

contacts can be maintained irith sources in countriesthe Iron Curtain.

3- A third aim is toistribution service.

should contact every organisation that might (andthe pamphlets. These booklets should be sold atrice,to be almost as low as the literature offthe cheapest in.as an extraordinaryinstitutions with which the distribution service should keepshould also present our productions atconferences*

service should send out weekly newsitems ready to ba placed in the columns of daily and weeklyshould go to hundrods of newspaporn throughout. Ifitens are fresh, snappy, accurate, pertinent and in goodas to eContent and length, many papers sight be glad tothen after the six nonths trial.

h'ews Bureau should get our special news reports onof special hoppeoings.

should contact editors of leading papers and newsbig events broak in Eastern Europe and should try toby especially interesting emigres in the big magazines.

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amphlet ecJi'tor, several helper*oom, for mimeographing, expediting, storing.

Personnel at Begin^ng

Aaarloanai Chief and perhapa two editore. Probably the ohief oould do

the editing at the beginning. Thus, moat of tbe personnel would oonsiat of

emigres.

Balgreti Hot many wouldomp loved at tbe information center. Hot many would ba given aalariee by tha Bureau. Moat would be meabera of the Eaatern Burppoan Satlocal Committees or employoee of these Coantltteaa (orach of which haa ite own office or offioee. Eaoh Xaropean Committee or group woulderaon or persons to giro their mein attention to thie and keep in conetent touoh with tho center, providing it with materiel.

They would work oloaely with the pamphlet department, on longer term eealgnaenta. The emigres contributing material for the pamphlets

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oould be paid honorarium; moat woold already be paid by the Kew York Committee in one form or another. They would notrimary burden on tbe Bureau, except aa bookkeeping*

Every effort should be made to find artiets (cartoonleta) and sews sen among tba emigres or rather to encourage tbe European Committee* to find them.

Llelsonai Through already ostebllehed channels with Washington and with emigre Committees.

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Budget (Current)

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News Editor

Pamphlet Editor

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Bo,ulpment (including mimeograph machine andtwo typewriters)

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le Taa Bureau should be startedodest scale. Jt should be housed ln simple offloee and emigres should be used to the fullest poselble

extent. It should be and appear to be the kind of an undertaking that exiles have used through the ages in all lends.

2. If Bureau Chlaf is atrong and diligent news editor and Pamphlet editor might concoiTWbly be emigres. But thoy would haTO to bo men of wide Tlown and impartial to all groups; nationality groups, churches, labor peasantry. In any case, the two editors must know Eaa tern. Europe and Eastern European well. In many daily disputes Bureau Chief would have to be final arbiter, ao he, too, suet know something of Eastern European

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