§ 15. Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the difficulty experienced by the Press in obtaining accurate and up-to-date information from their correspondents concerning the political situation, as distinct from the military situation, in North Africa; and whether he will make representations, either through our Minister Resident or in other ways, with a view to improving the flow of such information to this country?
§ Mr. Eden
I have already been in communication with the Minister Resident on this subject. I understand that during the early stages of the Operation in North Africa the Allied authorities felt obliged, for reasons of military security, to exercise a somewhat strict censorship on outgoing Press messages. I am informed, however, that this censorship has now been relaxed and that newspaper correspondents, equally with radio commentators, are allowed wider discretion in their reports on the political situation. I am assured that in such matters British correspondents receive the same treatment as their American colleagues.