Athens Radio Broadcasts

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1958.

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Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South 12:00 am, 22nd July 1958

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent Athens broadcasts to Cyprus are jammed; and why.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

The position has not changed since the hon. Lady last asked Questions on this subject on the 31st October, 1957, and 19th February, 1958. I have nothing to add to the replies then given.

Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South

Is it not time that the right hon. Gentleman looked at this question again? Is he aware of the discontent caused in Cyprus by the fact that contentious and inaccurate broadcasts from Ankara are not being jammed? Would it not be more constructive to seek the co-operation of the Greek Government in using their radio to appeal for the ending of violence in Cyprus rather than to leave the Cypriot people cut off in this way?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

No, Sir. The hon. Lady should get this matter into perspective and remember that Athens Radio broadcast incitements to violence for eighteen months before any jamming took place.