British troops detain 12 in overnight raids in Basra

#2
I like the point about Boyce asking the media to publish more good news stories...does this mean that the public will get a more balanced view of what is going out there? Don't think so, unless we're getting a pasting, it doesn't sell papers.
 

Goatman

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#3
well, the MND(SE) Progress reports have been regularly posted on the Web - the most recent one I could find is dated April 2005.

The MoD site at http://www.operations.mod.uk/telic/summary.htm covers events as they happen. Sadly, the last two months have been dominated by casualty stories.

Befehl ist Befehl, Admiral :) .....

Not sure if this story from August got much UK coverage - I was abroad at the time:
http://www.operations.mod.uk/telic/summary.htm
First international flight lands at Basrah Airport
Published Thursday 25th August 2005


The Phoenix Airways Boeing 737 arrives at Basrah International Airport (BIA) [Picture: Multi-National Division South-East Press Information Centre].
The first passengers to fly into Basrah International Airport (BIA) disembark the Phoenix Airways Boeing 737 [Picture: Multi-National Division South-East Press Information Centre].In a growing sign that Iraq is returning to a state of normality, the first ever civilian international flight has flown into Basrah International Airport (BIA).

The Phoenix Airways Boeing 737, loaded with approximately 50 passengers, landed ahead of schedule from Dubai. On arrival, the Iraqi ground crew unloaded the aircraft and transported passengers into the Terminal Building by bus while Iraqi policemen stood proudly on guard.

Mr Faizal, the owner of East and West Aviation and Marine Company was on the flight. He was greeted by Mr Abdul Razzaq, BIA Manager, who said:

"It is a very important day for Basrah International Airport and shows the progress we are making."

It is expected that the arrival of the first civilian international flight will mark the start of a regular route between Dubai and Iraq. Initially two flights per week are planned.
Not sure if this counts as a good news story or not...or indeed whether anyone has done a follow up to see if the venture is thriving...come on Scoop, get to it !


Le Chevre
 
#5
The other problem in the Sandpit at the moment is that the MoD and civilian "minders" from Downing Street are riding shotgun on any journos who reach Basra. Access to troops is strictly limited. It doesn't make for any kind of balanced reporting. El Presidente obviously doesn't want the real situation publicised, warts and all.
 
#6
claymore said:
The other problem in the Sandpit at the moment is that the MoD and civilian "minders" from Downing Street are riding shotgun on any journos who reach Basra. Access to troops is strictly limited. It doesn't make for any kind of balanced reporting. El Presidente obviously doesn't want the real situation publicised, warts and all.
from PJHQ Media Ops advice to journos visiting MND(SE)
Facilitating your reporting. It is vital that you declare, during the organisation and negotiation of your visit, exactly what you want to achieve. Wherever possible, these agreed objectives will be facilitated. But, if you decide on a new objective once the visit starts, the MOD may not be able to assist; and any number of factors beyond the MOD’s control may alter the situation and stop you achieving one or more of your objectives.
Please Do Not:
...
• Pack chocolate in your luggage (there are no laundry facilities here for you to use).
:lol:
 

Goatman

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Book Reviewer
#7
hackle said:
Please Do Not:
...
• Pack chocolate in your luggage (there are no laundry facilities here for you to use).
:lol:
So that's why The Man in The White Suit hasn't been seen talking to camera while mortar rounds land all around him in downtown Basra then....some Ali Baba tw4t from Phoenix Air left his baggage loafing on the tarmac for too long and the Cadburys all slopped partout !

Good story here - I think we should be told....Martin ? You're on the next flight to Dubai ! :lol:

bonne weekend tous,

Le Chevre
 

OldSnowy

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#8
There is, as far as I know, nothing to stop Journos going to Basra from Kuwait on their own - if they want. If they sort out the visas, transport, etc. (a pocket of $$$ always helps), then they could probably go freelance. However, the track record (i.e. life expectancy) of freelancers in the MND(SE) area isn't good.

Come on then, Reporters - show some Bottle and get out there on your own, and give us the Truth.....

I figure it's probably a win/win situation for us - on the one hand, the Government would have to be more careful about press releases, with people on the ground independent of them. On the other hand, well, I don't really wish ill of anyone, but if I did, it would be a posse of reporters from the Sun, D Mirror, D Mail, etc :)
 

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