HC Deb 04 July 1918 vol 107 cc1835-6

asked the Home Secretary whether Liverpool newspapers are rigorously forbidden by the Censor to mention the arrival and movements of American troops, while newspapers published in other towns regularly record such arrival and movements; whether on 27th June last the "Daily Mail" newspaper published an article, written by the Attorney-General, on the organisation of receptions to American troops, and referring, inter alia, to their welcome at Liverpool and elsewhere; that after the publication of such article the editor of the "Liverpool Express" newspaper, who has repeatedly refrained from publishing matter in his possession concerning American troops, in obedience to the instructions of the Censor, forwarded a communication to the Press Bureau stating that he assumed he was at liberty to quote from this article in the "Daily Mail" newspaper, and that he was informed in reply that if he did so quote he must delete the words at Liverpool and elsewhere; and whether, in view of the freedom given to the "Daily Mail" newspaper by the Press Bureau, he can see his way to extend similar latitude to provincial papers of old standing and good repute?


The statements in the question are not quite accurate On the publication of the article in the "Daily Mail" (which was not submitted to the Press Bureau), a representative of the Liverpool "Express" inquired whether it could be quoted in that paper. He was informed that as the article had been published it could be repeated, but it was added that a reference made in the article to the place at which troops landed ought not to have been published. No discrimination has been or will be made between one paper and another.