HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 c1427
11. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has studied information sent to him about subversive broadcasts in Malaya by Alex Josey, and in view of the unsettled state of that country, if he will take steps to end such broadcasts; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Mr. Josey is a member of the staff of Radio Malaya, whose duties have included the making of regular commentaries on the news. These broadcasts have been subject to prior scrutiny, although in practice latitude has been allowed. They have been given weekly for the last two years and are, of course, in no sense subversive.

Sir W. Smithers

When will the Government take some effective action against Communism?

Mr. Driberg

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these broadcasts are extremely effective anti-Communist propaganda, and will he consider putting into the Library of the House the booklets in which they have been reprinted, so that hon. Members may judge for themselves how completely untrue and unfair this question is?

Mr. Griffiths indicated assent.