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This opinion paper, prepared by the staff of the National News Council, is an analysis of an opinion paper written by Ralph L. Lowenstein, professor of journalism at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lowenstein's paper, dated December, 1974, was published by the School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., in April, 1975, under the title "Freedom of Information Center Report No. 0015." Dr. Lowenstein is the author of two previous Center publications on press councils: "The Case Against a Press Council," FoI Report .No. 008, and "Press Council's: Idea and Reality," Freedom of Information Foundation Series No.1.