A question may be raised as to whether all the newspapers are in the habit of maligning the government & the authorities? Those that are of this description are extremely stupid. They do not enjoy the confidence of the public. Errors may indeed result from a want of accurate information and it is not improbable that hostile opinion and misrepresentation do sometimes ensure, but in such cases there is really no ill-will at the bottom...The natives as well the English newspapers are both liable to error, though, for obvious reasons, the liability in the case of latter is less than the former. Should, however, occasion arise, the editor of the English newspapers also do not hesitate to condemn the government and its laws & institution. Illustrations are not far to seek, the trial of Meares will supply us with abundant proof what abuses were not poured on the government, the high court, justice & law, by the English journals on that occasion? Their abuses have not yet creased. There is no doubt that the native pages should be henceforth very careful, but it becomes the English press also to exercise caution. (Education Gazette. 25 December 1874)
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