No news good news orgin?

Hi, what is the origin of the idiom no news is good news? Is it used to describe a bad situation like a war and if there is now bad news like the death of a loved one it means it’s good? Thanks to you all!


No news is good news

Having no information means that bad developments are unlikely, as in I haven’t heard from them in a month, but no news is good news. This proverbial phrase may have originated with King James I of England, who allegedly said “No news is better than evil news” (1616).