"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 8 March 2010

Press Gagged - Again

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.

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