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John WilkesA Friend to Liberty$
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Peter D. G. Thomas

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205449.001.0001

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The Reporting of Parliamentary Debates: The Wilkes Coup of 1771

The Reporting of Parliamentary Debates: The Wilkes Coup of 1771

(p.125) 8 The Reporting of Parliamentary Debates: The Wilkes Coup of 1771
John Wilkes

Peter D. G. Thomas

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the reporting of Parliamentary debates. These have been repeatedly and successfully suppressed by direct action of both Houses of Parliament. This censorship was due mostly to Wilkes, who masterminded the tactical coup in the 1760s. However, the metropolitan press expanded significantly from 1768, until there were no less than five daily papers being published in London. The chapter looks at the different publications that attempted to report these debates and the events that took place. It also notes Wilkes' most significant gain for ‘liberty’, the ‘Printer Case’. This was his victory over the authority of the House of Commons and the House of Lords after the latter attempted to arrest the printer of the Public Ledger.

Keywords:   reporting, Parliamentary debates, House of Commons, House of Lords, censorship, liberty, Printer Case, metropolitan press

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