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Thursday, July 06, 2006

US Military Censorship in Iraq Firmed Up

Backing up its claims that it's the news (stupid) that's making the US lose in Iraq, the Pentagon has solidified even more firmly its control of stories coming from the battle front. ...

According to Foreign Policy (via Risting Hegemon):

The military has started censoring many [embedded reporting] arrangements. Before a journalist is allowed to go on an embed now, [the military] check[s] the work you have done previously. They want to know your slant on a story — they use the word slant — what you intend to write, and what you have written from embed trips before. If they don't like what you have done before, they refuse to take you. There are cases where individual reporters have been blacklisted because the military wasn’t happy with the work they had done on embed.

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