Memorandum by the Minister in China (Johnson)26

  • M. Wilden, French Minister,
  • Count Ciano, Italian Minister,
  • Mr. Ingram, British Chargé d’Affaires,
  • Mr. Fisher, Counselor, German Legation.

Mr. Ingram informed me that Mr. Lo Wen-Kan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, had informed him and the French Minister that he had been authorized by the Executive Yuan to cooperate with the Minister of the Interior for a revision of the press law and those parts which were objected to by us.

The French Minister stated that he had received a telegram from Shanghai to the effect that the Post Office was threatening newspapers unless they registered. Mr. Ingram stated that he and the French Minister had asked Mr. Lo to ask the Post Office to refrain from any action until revision mentioned above had been accomplished.

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It was our opinion that if the law could be made unobjectionable it would be reasonable for the Chinese to require registration of newspapers.

Nelson Trusler Johnson
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Minister in his despatch No 1841 December 6, 1932; received January 3, 1933.