Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Curtailing Dissent; Managing War

A story in the July 25th edition of Stars and Stripes suggested that the US military would be curtailing its controversial embedded-journalist program in order to limit reporters' access to soldiers. Why? Because so many soldiers are complaining about their stay in Iraq. The military doesn't want this type of news getting published.

The 3rd Infantry Division, from where many of the most notorious complaints have been aired, has already "expelled many of its embedded reporters, and its troops are no longer allowed to talk to the media outside of pre-approved news features," reports PR Week.