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'File 4/1 (1.a/46) Arabic broadcasts by foreign stations' [‎26r] (53/70)

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The record is made up of 1 file (33 folios). It was created in 30 Mar 1939-26 June 1939. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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It appears that many people in Bahrain are pleased
by the German Arabic broaacast because they seem to think
that it champions the cause of the Arabs in Palestine, Syria
ana elsewhere.
The Italian broaacast, in spite of its show of
sympathy towards Palestine ana Syria, is very unpopular
because it is felt that it treats its listeners like chilaren
by openly trying to play on their creaulity, ana by its many
contradictory remarks and false news.
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The file begins with a confidential circular memorandum (reference No.279-S of 1939) from Trenchard Craven William Fowle ( Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ), dated 30 March 1939 at the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Consulate-General, Bushire. It is addressed to the Political Agents for Bahrain, Kuwait and Muscat and asks them to send him weekly summaries of any news items relating to their area, made in Arabic broadcasts by foreign radio stations.

The file consists almost entirely of several English summaries of Arabic news broadcasts, transmitted to radio listeners in the Gulf States by European and Middle Eastern radio stations and expressing mainly anti-British views. Most summaries are from Berlin Radio and include news of Jewish immigration into British controlled Palestine and President Roosevelt’s peace telegram to Hitler on14 April 1939. There are also two short news summaries about Palestine from the British viewpoint, broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (B.B.C.) Empire Service (known as Daventry Radio) in England.

The reference number ‘1.a/25’ appears on two telegrams in the file (ff.17-18). This is a related file in the same series. There is also a cross-reference to a particular file part in a handwritten note on the file cover which says:‘Please see file 1.a/25-III for future correspondence’. This file part appears not to have survived.

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1 file (33 folios)

The news summaries and correspondence which make up the main contents of the file are arranged chronologically. These are followed by extensive file notes recording administrative arrangements and actions, as well as providing a list of file contents (f.31). The list records the reference numbers 1 to 4 written on some documents towards the front of the file in red crayon and encircled; also reference numbers 1 to 6 written on other documents towards the back of the file in red crayon and encircled. The reference numbers help to identify and locate these documents in the file.

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Foliation: numbered 1A, 1B, and then 2 to 34, in pencil in the top right hand corner. The numbering starts at the front of the file, on the file cover (f.1A) and ends on the inside cover at the back of the file (f.34).

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'File 4/1 (1.a/46) Arabic broadcasts by foreign stations' [‎26r] (53/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/925, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 3 December 2023]

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