HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 cc1341-2
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. Piratin

In the light of the Minister's reply, may I express my thanks for the action taken?

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?

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