Govt is planning news blackout on Afghanistan

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Army faces Afghan gag for election

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of ordering a “truth blackout” over the war in Afghanistan amid warnings it is attempting to “bury bad news” during the election campaign.

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...93809/Army-faces-Afghan-gag-for-election.html
 
#2
So thats why Cyclops went to Bastion to put pressure on the military
 
#3
Ahhh the election.... A good day to bury bad politicians!
 
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dangerousdave said:
The Ministry of Defence has been accused of ordering a “truth blackout” over the war in Afghanistan amid warnings it is attempting to “bury bad news” during the election campaign.
Good luck.


dangerousdave said:
British journalists and TV crews are to be banned from the Afghan front line once a date for the election has been set,
That's what camera phones and encrypted email were invented for.

In any case, I'm sure that the other Dangerous Dave and 'Shagger' Clegg will bring their own camera men as they embark on fact finding missions to determine how many working helicopters, Snatch Land Rovers and still leaking Nimrods are in Afghanistan.


dangerousdave said:
senior officers will be prohibited from making public speeches and talking to reporters.
That is what junior officers, gin 'n tonic and the phrase 'unnamed, highly placed military sources' were invented for.


dangerousdave said:
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.
That's what Google cache was invented for.


Seems Labour have learned nothing from the Steven Purcell fiasco if they think they can control the news to that extent. Anybody else see some 'emergency legislation to extend the Official Secrets Act' on the horizon?
 
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Pity we couldnt cleanse the labour party manifesto of any non factual statements... would fit on a postage stamp.
 
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This Bloody country is turning into a joke! What the hell did we all risk our lives for in various wars,only to see this rubbish in the papers?
There are brave People out there fighting for Afgans "Rights" and "Freedom of speach",etc... and are getting killed and maimed for it and we don,t seem to have the same rights over here, in the "Fatherland"
There are plenty of other blokes that did the same in other Wars,(not that our Govt. ever uses that term),I was in "The Troubles" in N.I....I,m totally fed up with it all and am getting out,A.S.A.F.P.......I,ll send you all post card....good luck with this sh1thole!!!!
Have I given up...?..YES I BLOODY HAVE!!!
 
#9
I am sure some arrsers would like to be gagged and bagged

however back to the point, its fantastic that the British Army are in other countries fighting to give other people freedom and free speech, whereas in the UK we cannot exercise this right ourselves.

but i am sure Cyclops has said to the generals "here are your helicopters now shut the fukc up" and by the way don't break or scratch them we have them on loan till after the elections.
 
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The_Rattler said:
however back to the point, its fantastic that the British Army are in other countries fighting to give other people freedom and free speech, whereas in the UK we cannot exercise this right ourselves.
I bet you a tenner you don't go to prison for posting that.
 

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Its fairly standard before an election and is known as purdah.
 
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Oh well I am sure arrse will be open for business. Welcome to marxist Britain, if Labour win that should put a seal on it, with a helping hand from the MoD.

Guess true feelings will be on show in Wootton Bassett high street. I am sure the marxists running the country will be delighted to see the repatriations turn political.
 
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Fair point Rattler,
but bollocks to the lot of them....we,ve got the best Army in the world and quite a lot of us have served in it and are rightly proud....(Doesn,t matter what Regiment)....We all tried to do our little bit to keep People alive.What makes my piss fizz is throwing damn fine people away for our politcal masters whims.....when they are only going to sell us out anyway....N.Ireland is a typical case.....we,re all "mates again" with Adams and McGuinness and tons of IRA twats are back out of jail.....We fought and many lost their lives or limbs to put those blokes behind bars.....it,s crap....Do yo think now that we,re all "Friends" again,the MP,S are going to bring all our dead troops back and send them back to their families?
The same thing is going to happen in Afganistan as it did in N.Ireland and VietNam.
Sorry,but that,s my opinion....take it or leave it.
 

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It would be interesting to see how Gordon Brown is going to stop people putting stuff on Facebook and twitter. Unless of cause, he is looking at banning all news on TV and the internet and only allowing the BBC to report what he has vetted himself.

Will there be news reports every morning of what Gordon Brown will be doing that day?
 
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nigegilb said:
Guess true feelings will be on show in Wootton Bassett high street. I am sure the marxists running the country will be delighted to see the repatriations turn political.
I'll wager a crisp tenner to Hols4Heroes that at least one MP (or prospective Parlimentary Candidate) makes it to WB for a repatriation between now and the election, where I believe none have attended before.
 
#18
This government simply cannot bear the truth - no matter what the subject. It is only interested in its 'spun' line and woe betide any apparatchik deviating from said 'line'.

The Soviets controlled news and this Soviet style failed administration is following suit.
 
#19
CQMS said:
They can't gag the bad news, all this ensures is that the only news from Afghanistan will be deaths.
Even that news might not get out! No doubt their colleagues will be told these lads have "gone down the road" and ask no more questions!
 

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