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VIGOROUS SYDNEY PROTEST AGAINST LOGAL STUPIDITY. “LET THE PUBLIC JUDGE.” Press Association—By, Telegraph—Copyright SYDNEY, January 22. January 22, at 8.15 a.m.l The ‘ Morning Herald,’ in a. lender on the Press Censors, after disclaiming any intention fo attack Senator Pearce. (Minister of Defence) or any of his staff, gives details of his administration, and points out tho need there is to get the Government- and the public, into closer touch through the Press, so that Australian aid to the Mother Country’may ho a.s full and free, as possible. “Tho duty of th* 1 Voss is clear.” says the ’ Herald.’ “It <1 oes not stand for irresponsible newsmongering, though, unfortunately. many persons ’hoist that it so stand, and, v, ben clothed in authority, they net towards tiie newspapers a-s if the latter were mischiefmilkers. 'Flic Press during the. war liasshown a deep and profoundly searching responsibility, ami has cheerfully accepted most of the. restrictions nccoosary and right for dealing with tho position, Butin Australia there is a, disposition to irca-t tho public as a child and the Press as its. plaything. Wo get our cables after being censored in London and again censored in Australia., as if th-a fountain of authority on the, war were hero and not there. New Zealand, an island, publishes matteis without fear which are not, available here. Tho Censors in Australia, a emit incut, have been busy, and the loons of our news has grown reciprocally narrow. War nows is available in Melbourne which, the Sydney papers are not given the opportunity to use.’’ The 'Herald' demands consistency, and especially stresses tin* public's right, to judge between bad and good news. The art iclo concludes : “ TTio public lias done its duty by going about its business, refraining from, panic, and responding to tin; call for men to tight. But the, public must bo tmated as of adnit- stature, and the Press as its watch tower. This bulwark cannot bo ignored or suppressed, except at- a risk which no (lovernincut in their senses will dare to take.''

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DOUBLE CENSORSHIP, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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DOUBLE CENSORSHIP Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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