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History of censorship - 1951

Banned literature

Literature criticising the government is banned.

The Waterfront Strike of 1951 saw some of the harshest censorship in New Zealand history. The National Government under Prime Minister Sidney Holland declared a state of emergency, and amendments to legislation made possession of 'seditious' literature (literature which criticised the government) an imprisonable offence. Union meetings were also banned and it was an offence to give aid (including food) to striking wharfies or their families.

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Banned strike leaflet
Part of the first leaflet banned during the Strike