Story: Media and politics

Illegal watersiders' bulletin, 1951

Illegal watersiders' bulletin, 1951

In 1951 waterfront workers were locked out by their employers for 151 days in a dispute over working conditions. The government responded by introducing emergency regulations, including strict control of all media coverage of the dispute. In order to give their own view of events the watersiders' union produced and distributed a series of illegal bulletins. The cartoon from one of the bulletins shows (from left to right) William 'Big Bill' Sullivan, the minister of labour; Ronald Algie, the minister of education and of broadcasting; and Prime Minister Sidney Holland.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J-065-065
Cartoon by Jack Manson

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Kate McMillan, 'Media and politics - Democracy and freedom of the press', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Kate McMillan, published 20 Jun 2012