R. McCULLOCH DICK, as founder and
publisher of a journal that has recently marked its 50th anniversary, has
played a pioneering role in establishing and maintaining the tradition of
press freedom in the Philippines.
The Philippines Free Press has, from its beginning, lived up to its name.
The staff has been encouraged to explore every event of
significance—regardless of the influence of agencies or personalities that
may have been affected. Despite repeated attempts to curtail publication of
his journal, Mr. DICK has not wavered in his determination to give to the
people of the Philippines a free press.
His weekly magazine has brought to public attention the unsung work of good
citizens, prominent and unknown alike, as well as abuses that have not
otherwise been reported. It has been, in a sense, a public prosecutor in the
cause of fair elections, rule by law and morality in government service.
Consistent with the spirit of the late Ramon Magsaysay, the Free Press has
taken up the defense of victims of injustice. And it attends to the concerns
of the people who live in the barrios.
MOCHTAR LUBIS is today waging in Indonesia the battle for freedom of the
press that R. McCULLOCH DICK has helped to win in the Philippines.
As neither he nor Mrs. Lubis could be present, he has requested that Carlos
Nivera, a former Filipino editor, should represent him.
MOCHTAR LUBIS, as editor-in-chief, and part-owner of the Indonesia Raya, has
fought against government corruption, the violation of civil liberties by
the military and against the inroads of totalitarianism in his country.
Since December 1956, he has chosen incarceration over compromise in the
interest of enhancing rather than diminishing the area of press freedom in
At a time when this basic freedom is being threatened in many parts of the
world, his example gives strength to others who share the belief that free
speech and a free press are essential if government is to reflect the will
of the people.
In electing to divide the first Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism and
Literature equally between R. McCULLOCH DICK and MOCHTAR LUBIS, the Board of
Trustees recognizes the courageous and constructive contribution each has
made in the profession of journalism as a power for the public good.