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September 2005


(Above) Memorandum written by the Controller of Censorship dated 18 September 1940, commenting on a memorandum written by Assistant Controller Coyne on leading articles and editorials. The Controller discusses what he regards as the pro-British slant taken by the Irish Times newspaper in its editorials and how the latter is the only Irish newspaper permitted by the British Government to reach Germany via neutral countries. The Controller is concerned that by allowing editors freedom of expression in the area of foreign politics and international affairs, offence may be taken by the belligerents at a perceived contravention of Ireland’s neutrality. He therefore advocates a policy of “in case of any doubt, cut it out” as “very great danger may arise from our being too solicitous of the interests of the newspapers and the editors”.(NAI, Department of Justice, 93/1/9)