MSM Gagged - Again

Monday, 8 March 2010

Not for the first time the government is trying to suppress information - the excuse this time is that it wouldn't be appropriate for comment on the Afghan war to be made public in the run-up to the GE.  I wonder why!  The information itself came in the form of a leaked memo.  Nick Gurr, the MoD’s director of media and communication, is the author of the memo: “Purdah - Key Principles for    Defence Communicators.”    

British journalists and TV crews are to be banned from the Afghan front  line once a date for the election has been set, while senior officers will be prohibited from making public speeches and talking to reporters.

MoD websites will also be “cleansed” of any “non-factual” material  including    anything containing troops’ opinions of the war, according to a memo leaked to the Daily Telegraph.

It looks as though the blogosphere will have to step into the breach, again.

Goodnight Vienna


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