Acting on conscience

Phyllida Gardner remembers a relative imprisoned in early 1918

Press censorship came into being as part of the Defence of the Realm Act, which was passed on 8 August 1914, four days after the outbreak of the first world war. In the autumn of 1917 regulation 27C was introduced, stating that it was illegal to print, publish or distribute anything that might be used as propaganda in relation to the war or to the making of peace, unless the names of the author and printer were shown and that it was first submitted to the Official Press Bureau.

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