HC Deb 28 June 1920 vol 131 cc55-6W

Colonel WEDGWOOD asked the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs if the "Cologne Gazette" and other German newspapers published in the British zone of occupation in Germany have been suppressed by the British authorities for protesting against the garrisoning of German towns by African troops; whether such alleged action has the sanction of His Majesty's Government; and whether His Majesty's Government are aware of the protests against the occupation of German territory by African troops which are being raised in Europe and in the United States?

Mr. HARMSWORTH: I understand that two German papers, the "Kolnische Volkszeitung" and the "Rheinische Zeitung" were suppressed for statements derogatory to the Allies. But I have no further official particulars. Such action is within the competence of the Rhineland High Commission, who are the supreme authority responsible for the maintenance of order in the occupied provinces.