§ 30. Mr. Piratin
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies since when the Near East Arabic Broadcasting Service has been operating from Cyprus; by whom it is operated; what fees are paid; and what steps are taken to ensure that no broadcasts are made conflicting with British policy.
Mr. Creech Jones
The station has been operating from Cyprus since March. I understand that it is operated by a group of Arabs and of British persons interested in Arab affairs. I have no information as to the fees paid. The Government of Cyprus does not in general censor broadcasts; but, in view of the broadcast to which the hon. Member drew attention last week, the Governor has already requested the Management to ensure that future broadcasts of that nature are avoided.
§ Mr. Janner
May I ask my right hon. Friend whether, in view of the type of propaganda issued from this broadcasting station, he will see that no further permission is granted for such broadcasts?