May 1963, Riesel
Reds Harass Press On May Day Victot Riesd A.S chairman of the Freedeim of the Pres.s Committee of the Oversea.s Press Club, I have been protesting to many governments again.st the imprisonment, the manhandling, the expul.si(«i, the denial of journalistic p r i v i- leges of American and foreign newsmen Tbe latest protest is being forwarded to Moscow. Some American Communists, believed by our government to be agents of tbe Soviet Union, attempted to prevent some reporters fnim carrying out their a.s.signment to cover the Gom- munust May Day celebration m New York (Tty’s Union Square. TTiis effort to impede the work of U.S. newsmen was made by a high Communist official who i.s being charged by the Justice Department with being a member of an organization which is “.substantially directed, dominated and cmitrnlled by the Soviet Union”— the (kimmunist Party, U.S.A. His name is Ixxiis Wein.stock, business manager of the Communist new.spaper. The Worker, and a member of the Party’s National ('ommittee, on which he is a lalxw speciali.st. THE CONFUIIT, spiied by insults in Marxian jargon, began about 5 p m. during the May 1 pro-Soviet, pro-Ca.stro demonstration. .Some of the newsmen and photographers started to make their way onto the public pavilion at the north end <rf Union Scjuare. The big concrete structure was l>eing used by the .Umencan Communists as a sfieaker’s and reviewing stand. For thi.s, they had obtainc'd a liceri.se from the city’s Park Commissioner Newlxild Morris. There has lK*en free speech in the square since long before 1 liegan covering it years ago during a riotous demonstra tion of .some fiO.Oflfl iieople. Wemstock barrcxl the newsmen though he had no legal right, and certainly no ethical right to ki'ep off rcjKirtors and photographers. To some he said the news wire services and the press had not given the Communist May Day eommittw sufficient coverage, To others he complauu'd the By Victor Riesel Communi.st.s simply did not like what they wrote. At thi.s point a high city official telephoned (Timmis.sioner Morris, an old crusading friend of mine. In effect, Mr. Moms told the city official to pas.s word on that the (’ommuni.st leaders were to permit freedom of the press and that space on the pavilion was granted to the Communists as a privilege and that they were not to turn it into a Iienin-Mau.soleum type reviewing stand. WORD WENT SWIFTLY to Weinstock and national Communist leader Gus Hall. Both men have been under scrutiny of the Subversive .Activities C ontrol Board. The ban on reporters’ ac- (*e,ss to the rovii*w'ing .stand was lifted. But during all this time the Moscow, Tass and Soviet Radio (“orrespondents were permitted by the .American Communist.s to move freely acros.s the reviewing stand. One of them, Oleg Kalugin, Moscow radio correspondent, made certain that the praise of Ca.stro’s Cuba and the attacks on the U.S. were being taped for anti-U.S. broadca.st across the world. His ta.sk W'as to make it appear that thousands of .\merican workers. and many union leaders, were demonstrating on May Day again.st our fcM-eign policy and for Sovietized (Tiba. Speakers were introduec'd in Duwii Tliroiio;li The Years From The Review Files THIR'n YEARS AfiO - The name “Musicians Mothers (lub” was chosen by a group of mothers of members of the Chester High School Band, Mrs. Violet Williamson of Hammondsville was a member of Ihe ea.st for the operetta “Tulip Time” at Irondale High Schcwil. TWENTY \ EARS A(.0 - Mis. .Mar>' Jane Nciser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Nciser of I’ennsylvania .\ve , participat(*d in a student music festival at Musk ingum College, where she was a freshman. Edith L. Grimes, daughter of Mrs. Lucy Grimes of Kent St , was promoti'd to private first class at Ft. Franci.s, Warren, •such fa.shion that they seemed to represent major U.S. unions. Communist cadres were clustered around microphones to cheer such other speakers as Communist newsman Joe North. He was billed as having just returned from two years in Cuba. Similar techniques were used in the hamlling of .some Communist college students. They were introduced in Aesopian language designed to have them appear to be leaders of a student movement. Actually they were recruited in the course of the Onnmunist concentration on campuses during the past few years. In ’62 Communist leaders such a.s Gus Hall spoke on at least S.") campuses. Their audiences totaled well over 75,000. THIS COLLEGE campaign is in the hands of the (Vmimuni.st Party, U.S.A., Lc*c-ture and Information Bureau. I^ast Sepfemlier this bureau dispatched a letter “To Fxlitors of (>>llege Papers; To Student (’ounciLs;’’ offering Communist speakers. It said in part that no law banned the “public activities’’ of the American Communist party or its speakers. This is true, though the world Communist press and radio attempts to portray an impri.soned Communist party in the U.S. It is time for this untruth to be refuted across the world—and while we’re telling the .story let’s also report that when the Communists had a mcxiicum of power they u.s(*d it against our free press. Wyo., where she was stationed with the WA.\C. TEN YEARS AfiO - Miss Johy Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs H. F. Young. 309 Grant St., Newell, reigned as queen of the 5th annual May dance at Wells High School. T c ' itv Martin, s Chester High School junior, was selected by the (’he.vter-Newell Farmers and Sportsmen’s (’lub to attend the state camp operatf'd by the Con- ■servation Commission near Webster Springs. Pvt. Frank Chan, son of Mr and Mrs. Phillip Chan of Ixicust St.. was selected to attend Officers Candidate Sch(M>l at Ft. Beri- ning, Ga.