Soldiers replying to news reports via blogs - is it legal?

#1
:? If a soldier reads a report in a newspaper that he/she believes or feels strongly is wrong, false or be-littles his/her efforts ... does he/she have the right to reply or state his belief that it is incorrect, if it does not contravene national security ? :?: :?: :?:

This is a modern world we live in! Has the British Army moved on this??
 
#3
I don't think it has been superseded (I may be horribly wrong here), it is just that it is SO 2007.

Still on Armynet here.
 
#4
DEFENCE INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTICES
(Not to be communicated to anyone outside HM Service without authority)

Perhaps that's why it's behind ArmyNET. :roll:

Was it ever in the public domain?
 
#5
Galahad said:
:? If a soldier reads a report in a newspaper that he/she believes or feels strongly is wrong, false or be-littles his/her efforts ... does he/she have the right to reply or state his belief that it is incorrect, if it does not contravene national security ? :?: :?: :?:

This is a modern world we live in! Has the British Army moved on this??
Depends.

Is the story about a super-duper top secret missile and your blog contains the plans of the device?

If your response is redarding the quality of the beef chow mein on Thursday PAYD I doubt it.

It's the chow mein isn't it? I thought it was greasy to.
 
#6
counterstrike said:
DEFENCE INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTICES
(Not to be communicated to anyone outside HM Service without authority)

Perhaps that's why it's behind ArmyNET. :roll:

Was it ever in the public domain?
Yes it was , very much so, and the subject of a 30-summat page thread on Arrse.
 
#7
counterstrike said:
DEFENCE INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTICES
(Not to be communicated to anyone outside HM Service without authority)

Perhaps that's why it's behind ArmyNET. :roll:

Was it ever in the public domain?
Yes, indeed it was. PTP's posted link used to work. But the publicly available copy still had the distribution restriction intact - you expected common sense from the MOD.

The furore around this DIN was why I stopped being a lurker on here and registered and started posting.

*** B*gger, not quick enough! ***
 
#8
PartTimePongo said:
Yes it was , very much so, and the subject of a 30-summat page thread on Arrse.

I've seen that but will leave it for another day! :wink:
 
#10
1stgulfmac said:
Galahad,

a) Are you a journalist?
b) If not are you in deep dodo for something?

just curious like....
My money's on journo.
Daily Mail maybe?Questions far to lucid to be The Scum or the other red-top bog roll.
 
#11
spike7451 said:
My money's on journo.
Daily Mail maybe?Questions far to lucid to be The Scum or the other red-top bog roll.
Could be a free-lance. :lol:
 
#12
Galahad,

Just be honest why you are asking a question such as this for your first post. As I sad I am curious, it's a very definite question and your reasons may help allay any concerns and elucidate an honest answer.
 
#14
Any comment to press must be cleared by soldier's Commanding Officer - isn't that the gist of it?

BBC seem to be regular culprits in asking soldiers to get in touch.
 
#15
Can we possiby put a sticky up in the relevent boards with something along the lines of;

"Journo's-PLEASE READ!
Would all journo's please contact board Mods/CO's before posting questions due to DIN 2007DIN03.......ect ect ect"
That way the forums can be kept free of the same journo questions,or even start a forum for journo's...
Just a thought.
 
#16
spike7451 said:
Can we possiby put a sticky up in the relevent boards with something along the lines of;

"Journo's-PLEASE READ!
Would all journo's please contact board Mods/CO's before posting questions due to DIN 2007DIN03.......ect ect ect"
That way the forums can be kept free of the same journo questions,or even start a forum for journo's...
Just a thought.
Like this per chance >> http://www.olivenet.co.uk/index.php?page=media-use (Top of ARRSE menue) 8)
 
#17
Adam(KOS) said:
spike7451 said:
Can we possiby put a sticky up in the relevent boards with something along the lines of;

"Journo's-PLEASE READ!
Would all journo's please contact board Mods/CO's before posting questions due to DIN 2007DIN03.......ect ect ect"
That way the forums can be kept free of the same journo questions,or even start a forum for journo's...
Just a thought.
Like this per chance >> http://www.olivenet.co.uk/index.php?page=media-use (Top of ARRSE menue) 8)
Yup,but how many media actually read it?
 
#18
Herrumph, see HERE
The guiding principle for all contact with the news media is that it must be referred, through the line manager/chain of command, to the appropriate D News staff (see para 23).
... continues to clarify types of communication (written/oral as in phone-ins/TV & radio interviews etc).

If Galahad is a journo, s/he must be rather sloppy as this information is in the public domain, and can be easily found using Google search.
 

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