§ 16. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any statement to make respecting the protest of certain British newspaper correspondents in India against the suppression of their reports; and whether it is proposed to take any steps to modify the existing censorship on social and political news from India.
§ 21. Mr. G. Strauss
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can make a statement about the strong protest of the leading British journalists in India against the censorship imposed by the Army authorities on their news despatches about the Burma front.
§ Mr. Strauss
Will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear to the authorities in India that people here want to know the facts about the Burma campaign, whether they are favourable or not, and 352 that only security grounds should be allowed to interfere with their efforts?
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the relations between the Press and the military authorities have for a long time been less satisfactory in India than in other operational areas; and will he consider sending out an experienced officer from this country to remedy this long-standing difficulty?
§ Mr. Sorensen
Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the matter will be cleared up at the earliest opportunity as there is grave resentment concerning it? Can we have some assurance that this will not mean that these reporters will be interned?
§ Earl Winterton
Is my right hon. Friend aware that apprehension is increased by the fact that the communiqués that we get from the Government of India appear to be of a conflicting character, and that this House is not being kept properly informed of the operations?
§ Sir A. Southby
Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the outspoken comments on this matter in the United States Press?
§ Mr. G. Strauss
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these responsible journalists claim that their matter has been censored on grounds which can have no possible relationship to security?