Press Messages (Censorship)

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons on 10th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Dobbie Mr William Dobbie , Rotherham

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is now able to make a statement as to the withholding of cables by the Indian censor when such cables have been passed by the British censor; and why the cables sent by the London correspondent of the United Press of India on 8th July and other dates in June and July have been withheld?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave the hon. Member on 30th July regarding the general treatment given by the censorship in India to Press telegrams passed by the United Kingdom censors. The particular messages addressed to the United Press of India by their London correspondent on the 4th and other dates in July were stopped by the censors in India in full or in part for military reasons, as they would have had a detrimental effect on recruitment to the Indian Mercantile Marine.

Photo of Mr William Dobbie Mr William Dobbie , Rotherham

Is it the practice to refund the cost of a cablegram when it has been passed by the censor on this side and not delivered on the other side?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

No, Sir; India has a separate censorship of its own.