[ Printed item. ] Freedom of the Press and the Challenge of the Official Secrets Acts.

National Union of Journalists; National Council for Civil Liberties; Major G. Lloyd George; Dingle Foot; Compton Mackenzie; L. C. White; A. P. Herbert; Kingsley Martin; C. J. Bundock; R. Willis
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Speeches made at the Conference [...] convened by the National Union of Journalists and the National Council for Civil Liberties and held at the Beaver Hall, in the City of London, on November 5th, 1938. [ Watford Printers Limited, Watford. ]
SKU: 18514

32pp., 8vo. Stapled in grey printed card wraps. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in like wraps, with rusted staples. Lloyd George, Foot and Herbert are all described on the title-page as MPs, White is named as 'Assistant General Secretary, Civil Service Clerical Association', Martin as 'Editor, "New Statesman and Nation"', Bundock as 'General Secretary, National Union of Journalists' and Willis as 'Secretary, London Trades Council'. A collection of impassioned and perceptive contributions. Of particular interest is the account by Compton Mackenzie of his 1932 'Alice-in-Wonderland Trial' under the Official Secrets Act. On 26 September 2010 Simon Johnson published an article in the Daily Telegraph claiming that 'access to the archives of M16' had recently revealed the news that Mackenzie had entered into 'a secret plea bargain' to spare him a jail sentence, but Mackenzie makes no secret of the fact in his article, writing: 'I was very anxious to plead "not guilty" but it was pointed out to me by my legal advisers that if I pleaded "not guilty" it would involve a very long and very costly case, it might involve me in an expenditure of even £10,000, I would have to bring witnesses from Constantinople and Greece and all over the world, and all that evidence would be heard in camera and not one sentence would go out to the public. [...] And I was told that after I came out I would still be in camera, and any comment a contempt of court.' No copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at the National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin, and the London School of Economics.