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In condemning the decision of the War Office that the previously authorised correspondents were not now to lie allowed with the British Expeditionary horce ‘The Nation snvs:—

Now. the public must not he deceived as to the effect of this edict. Thero are plenty of British correspondents in or about the French territory which is the seat of the war. But they are obliged to he unauthorised pickers-up of trifles from tho wounded or .stragglers, or from the offices and o-ossips 1 " of Paris. They are not enabled to tell Britain, with the accuracy; insight, and weight of the selected and properly posted correspondents, the story of its soldiers’ deeds on tho field of battle. Wo consider this refusal to an organised and responsible Press of the power to narrate, so far as is wise and prudent, tho history of our share in the greatest war of this or any other to be a double and grave injury to the nation. In the first place, it is a crushing blow to the right of free speech and communication—a right only asked for in a restricted measure. In the second place, it is a cruel disappointment for the Army. Nothing except defeat takes the heart out of the soldiers so surely as to find no adequate or truthful tribute to what they do and suffer in the papers which the people read at Home. Public opinion, we knpw, does not desire to see the •war conducted in this unimaginative spirit. But the Army has stronger reason for dissatisfaction, and it is on its account that we plead for the reasonable publicity which the War Office withholds, but for which a Liberal Cabinet are fully responsible. This Armageddon is not being fought to find copy for newspapers. But it must not be fought in the dark. Might© issues of politics and human life, including the future and character of our institutions, are at stake, and we ought to be told by- men we can (trust on what general lilies the conflict moves and how our sons endure its sixain..

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PUBLICITY AND THE WAR, Issue 15645, 9 November 1914

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PUBLICITY AND THE WAR Issue 15645, 9 November 1914

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