U.S. GOVERNMENT CENSORS CABLE & RADIO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, July 16, 1917, the United States government immediately instituted "a rigid cable and radio censorship between the United States and the outside world."
The Navy Department, along with George Creel of the Committee on Public Information, would supervise outgoing cable censorship. No restrictions, however, would be placed on incoming cable and radiograms.
The Wilson administration also made the decision "to abandon any attempt to censor the American press." The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that this decision represented "a vote of confidence" in American newspaper publishers.
Newspapers would be expected to not print any information concerning troop movements, names and clearances of ships.
"U.S. Will Censor Cable and Radio; Press Now Free," The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 17, 1917, http://archives.chicagotribune.com