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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1890. THE PRESS ASSOCIATION.

The Press Association must be comI meiiclttd for the excellent summary supplied of Mr BaUanee's speech «at {■"Wrtnganui. On ■■many- occasions previously the Opposition have had ; good reason io complain that when the 1 Premier or one of the leading members | of the Cabinet delivered a public' 1 address the. fullest publicity was given to the fnct, while ahy deliver-* ance from the opposite side of : the House was dismissed eitlicr iin a very few lines, or not mentioned at all. Last year the telegraphic Mimmary of Mr Ballance's ad- ! dress t >hi s consfcituor.ts was boiled down j'tb some dozen lines,, and'gave anything I but a correct summary of the speaker's view's upon most important questions engaging the attention of the country. This called forth from several newspapers affiliated with the Association a 'vigorous protest, and m one or two "instances the Press Association were openly accused of political partisanship. The protest of last year has had a salutary effect, and m order that the Leader of the Opposition should not be placed at a disadvantage this year, the Association despatched special representatives from Wellington to takenotes at the meeting. This is as it should be, and the action of the Association has given satisfaction to a large number of subscribing papers, and to the country. The Tress Association hold a virtual monopoly of the telegraph news 1 supplied to newspapers, many papers having no other source from which to draw information from abroad. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the various agents sending forward telegrams should divest themselves of all bias, and m matters of political and national importance keep the Assoc'ation free from any well- ! grounded charge of partisanship. j People now-a-days rely almost solely I upon Press. Association telegrams for items of political, social, or general interest, and it is essentially necessary that these should he supplier] from a i pure fountain-head. In the matter of j politics the Press Association have this j year taken an advanced step m the I right direction.. m placing before the country the policy of the Opposition, and it is to be hoped that the Premier's manifesto or address when delivered will receive the same treatment. The Association has already sent out cirouJais to the various agents instructing I them that only actual facts must be ! wired during the coming general elec- ] tions, and that such facts must be devoid of all party coloring. During I the present labor crisis also, owing to the partisan tone m which telegrams from certain centres were worded, the Association felt called upon to caution | all agents that each fact recorded should be verified before being despatched. Unfortunately the la'itj named circular was not sent forward early enough m the laboT struggle to prevent misapprehension being created m the public mind as to the progress of the struggle m the various localities; but after its receipt, a difference was observable m the telegrams forwarded, both sides receiving that fair play which Englishmen 'pride themselves so much "upon. The unprejudiced ton« of the telegrams now arriving has enabled the public, for \ whom the Press Association cater, to form something like ■••. correct idea of what h transpiring —especially m New Houtli Wales »nd Victoria. From these few facts it will be seen that the Association are takingeVery precaution I to preserve a position of strict neutrality, and to stick closely to the purpose for which the organisation was called. j,nto existence, viz., purveyors of unadulterated news. The manager and directors realise that the strong est hold which the Assochtbn can have upon its constituents is to preserve a strict impartiality, and not allow this useful public institution to be influenced by any outside dictators— whether political logrollers, labour agitators, or designing rings and syndicates of capitalists. 1 1 this course is followed out, the Press Association will grow m importance every year as a most important factor m public aflairs, and its sphere of usefulness will be unbounded; but if telegrams are once allowed to be tinged with partisanship the Association will lose its hold upon the support^ of subscribers and upon the sympathies of the people.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1890. THE PRESS ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1890. THE PRESS ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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