HC Deb 10 July 1950 vol 477 cc953-4
48. Mr. John Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if some protest will be made to the Press department of the Soviet Embassy in London at the distorted propaganda on the Korean situation to be found in the "Soviet News" distributed by this department.

Mr. Ernest Davies

No, Sir.

Mr. Rodgers

Does the Minister think it is desirable that an official publication, issued daily, should accuse America and ourselves of unprovoked and premeditated aggression and should describe Mr. John Foster Dulles as a war-monger?

Mr. Davies

We take the view that an intelligent and well-informed democracy is well able to judge for itself of such distorted statements.

Mr. Grimond

Would the Minister ensure that the widest publicity is given to our point of view, because many people in this democracy hear more of the Soviet point of view than of our own?

Mr. Davies

The Press and the British Broadcasting Corporation do their utmost to report the news fairly and objectively.

Mr. Profumo

How is it that the Soviet Agency manage to obtain enough newsprint with which to produce this sordid and subversive propaganda while our own newspapers have to be cut down?

Mr. Davies

That question should be addressed to the President of the Board of Trade.

Mr. Mott-Radclyffe

Is it not a fact that the Press department of the Soviet Embassy enjoys diplomatic immunity?

Mr. Davies

Yes, Sir.

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