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London County Council Expresses Concern over Fascist Hooliganism; Informs Government

March 30, 1950
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A deputation from the London County Council was today received by Home Secretary James Chuter Ede who heard a report of the Council’s concern over the possibility that fascist hooliganism may force censorship in Britain.

The delegation, led by Victor Mishcon, chairman of the Council committee on public control, referred to the fascist rioting and hooliganism which forced the Council to ban “Sword in the Desert,” American-made film about British-Jewish conflict in Palestine. The Council banned the film because the police refused to take responsibility for maintaining public order if it were shown.

Mr. Ede told the Councilmen that he did not intend that film censorship should be exercised by “violent methods.” He added that the police will act in closest cooperation with the licensing authorities on all occasions.

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