Reference HO 199/381
Title Duty Room conferences at the Ministry of Information: publicity matters
Former Department Reference HSI: 135/4
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Censorship and surveillance, Public opinion and morale, Rumours and gossip, News and information channels
Document Types Official Correspondence, Press Summaries and Publications
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London, Region 11: Scotland (Edinburgh HQ)
Locations Aberdeen, Abyssinia, Coventry, Libya, London, Soviet Union, Syria
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Ministry of Information, Royal Air Force


A file of documents relating to censorship and publishing requests from the Ministry of Information. Subjects covered in the file include the release of information concerning deep shelters in London; issues relating to press reports about the new German linked bombs, including the spread the rumours and the accuracy of wardens' accounts; the issue of informing the press about the progress of repairing damaged houses; and rumours in northern towns due a poorly worded radio broadcast. Other subjects discussed include the publishing of the number of air-raid causalities; the issue of negative press articles concerning the state of civil defence, evacuation, and public services; the military situation in the Middle East; the absence of a fireguard notice in a B.B.C. report; a request not to publish reports concerning public and civil defence morale; and requests for passes to the Duty Room Conference.


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