The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72
New Zealand Institute of Journalists, Wellington, June 6th, 1894
June 6th, 1894.
The Council of the New Zealand Institute of Journalists desire to once more respectfully call your attention to the present condition of the Law of Libel, and the injustice which is thereby inflicted upon the Press of the Colony. The Bill framed to remedy this injustice and to assimilate the law of the Colony to that at present existing in England has been three times passed by the Legislative Council, and its principle has also been affirmed by the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, however, the Bill has on each occasion been shelved owing to press of other matter at the end of the session. My Council would most strongly urge you to re-introduce the Bill in the House of Representatives early in the coming session, and to push it forward as rapidly as possible, so that its passage into law during the session may be assured. The three members of the late House who threatened to obstruct the Bill are fortunately absent from the present House. The Council trusts that you will accede to its request.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
The Hon. R. J. Seddon,
Premier of New Zealand.