HC Deb 18 March 1879 vol 244 c1159

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If he is aware that General Roberts has sent the correspondent of the "Standard" away from the Kurum Force, and that the only newspaper correspondents left are members of General Roberts' own staff; whether it is in accordance with regulation that Staff Officers should be so employed; and, whether it is by order, or with the consent of the Indian Government, that General Roberts prevents any account of his proceedings coming to the public through independent channels?


Sir, our only information on this subject is what has appeared in the newspapers, and we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of their statements; but we have heard nothing whatever from the Government of India on the subject.


With reference to the answer of the hon. Gentleman, and his entire ignorance of everything I ask him, I wish to know if he will take steps to ascertain whether the Indian Government have consented to General Roberts's muzzling the Press?