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The Ministry of Defence tries to D-Notice Wikileaks. Err what’s the point?

Wikileaks has tweeted to say that The Ministry of Defence has issued Defence Advisory Notices to UK news outlets in an attempt to try and silence Wikileaks latest bombshell of information. Their next leak is to be the Communiqués between Diplomats and it is rumoured to include what Politicians on the World stage think of each other.

DA Noties (which were previously called D-Notices) are not legally enforceable but life can be made difficult for an Editor who refuses to comply with them. They are issued by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

The last time a DA Notice was issued was in April 2009 after Bob Quick was stupid enough to leave his car with details of a terror raid on show as he arrived at No 10 Downing Street for a briefing. The briefing was picked by a photographer with a tele-photo lens and went round the World in minutes.

There are five standing DA-Notices:

* DA-Notice 01: Military Operations, Plans & Capabilities
* DA-Notice 02: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons and Equipment
* DA-Notice 03: Ciphers and Secure Communications
* DA-Notice 04: Sensitive Installations and Home Addresses
* DA-Notice 05: United Kingdom Security & Intelligence Special Services

DA-Notices are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Committee and the Government have a problem though. This  Committee seems to think our only new sources are the BBC, ITN and the UK newspapers. They forget about the Internet. I have easier access to the New York Times, or even Al-Jazeera than the Times of London. DA Notices are as irrelevant as the Committee.

All the MOD has done is remind tax-payers of a chunk of Government that is ripe for cuts. D-Notices and The the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee should be given their very own notice.

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  1. Julian
    November 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    [This comment is subject to as DA-Notice – Type 3]

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