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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 3, 2003

Statement on Robert L. Bartley
Statement by the Press Secretary

Yesterday, the President informed Robert L. Bartley of his decision to award Mr. Bartley the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civil honor.

The citation will read as follows,

Robert L. Bartley is one of the most influential journalists in American history. As a reporter, author, editorial page editor, and columnist, he helped shape the times in which we live. A champion of free markets, individual liberty, and the values necessary for a free society, his writings have been characterized by profound insights, passionate convictions, a commitment to democratic principles, and an unyielding optimism in America. The United States honors him for his contributions to American journalism and to the intellectual and political life of our Nation.

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