HC Deb 16 June 1910 vol 17 cc1464-5

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has seen an article entitled "The Assassination of Plehve," by one of the assassins, in the "Strand Magazine" for the current month; and whether he proposes to take any action in order to prevent the publication in the United Kingdom of matter injurious to public morality and offensive to a friendly nation?


I have been in communication with the editor on the subject of this article. He had no idea, in accepting the article, that it could be regarded as containing incitements to crime or as expressing sympathy with criminals. He deeply regrets that it has produced an impression wholly different from anything he anticipated, and he undertakes that no further articles of the series shall [...]. In these circumstances, I do not think I need take any further action.


May I ask whether the Home Secretary has any evidence to show that this article has produced any result on anybody else other than the won. Gentleman who asked the question?


I have read the article, and I am bound to say I do not think it is a very desirable publication.