HC Deb 19 February 1958 vol 582 cc1188-9
15. Mr. Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how he proposes to implement the request of the United Nations General Assembly to develop media of information in underdeveloped countries in accordance with the Resolution of 11th December, 1957, on freedom of information.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind part B of the General Assembly Resolution 1189 which, in effect, requests the Commission on Human Right, at its next Session, to give special consideration to the problem of developing media of information in under-developed countries. The Resolution contains no request to Governments. The United Kingdom representative at the Commission, which opens on 10th March in New York, will of course take a full part in the discussion.

Mr. Allaun

Does not the Minister agree that reform should begin at home, in our own Colonies? For example, has his attention been drawn to the case of a man in Uganda who was imprisoned for twelve months for reading an Indian Paper called Forum which he did not even know to have been banned?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

No, I am afraid that what goes on in Uganda is not drawn to my attention; but it may have been drawn to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary.