3 MAY 1930, Page 2

Last Sunday the Viceroy promulgated an important ordinance for the

better control of the Press. He has in effect revived the Press Act of 1910 with additions. He was careful to explain that there was no wish either to suppress news or to stifle fair criticism of the Government. The only thing to be penalized was the deliberate preaching of sedition. He has taken the precaution of placing the responsibility for legal action on the local Governments. Some Indian news- papers have suspended publication on being faced with the demand for financial security, but suspensions seem to be due less to inability to find the relatively small sums than to a desire to make dramatic demonstrations against the Government.