Record #3256

Date:
03/01/1923
Record Type:
Statement
Reel:
Reel 2
Frame Start:
2-0171
Frame End:
2-0173
Legacy ID:
3274
Legacy Year:
1925
Legacy Index:
Censor
Comments:
EDITORIAL COMMENT: The implication from this is that that argument, then, against censorship per se, was won in 1922, after which the issue turned to one of regulation, and opened out onto a much broader front. But we ought to point out that the culmination of this particular campaign might be seen to be not the Massachusetts referendum, but the loss of the Walker repeal bill in NY by 3 votes, which maintained NY censorship.

ANNUAL MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR SMITH TO THE NEW YORK LEGISLATURE, JANUARY 3, 1923. "Censorship is not in keeping with our ideas of liberty and of freedom of worship or freedom of speech. The people of the State themselves have declared that every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his sentiment on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right, and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge liberty of speech or the press. This fundamental principle has equal application to all methods of expression."

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Long Description:

This also includes a collection of documents relating to attempts to introduce censorship in NY, in 1912 and 1919, and vetoes against them by Mayor and Governor.

This discussion, in contrast to later ones, is more persistently about the principle of censorship, with much reference to its being contrary to the spirit of the Constitution, etc., and there being sufficient existing laws to deal with obscenity.

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