U.K. gov’t bans ITN in wars

MoD bars journos from embedding with troops

LONDON — British military authorities have banned U.K. TV news operator Independent Television News from embedding its reporters with British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Move follows ITN’s coverage of injured soldiers arriving back in the U.K. from Afghanistan, which the Ministry of Defense claims was inaccurate and intrusive. Report aired on terrestrial web ITV1 last week.

Ministry said it may refer the matter to U.K. communications regulator Ofcom. Other reports suggest it is considering suing ITN.

“We are not seeking to stop you reporting on Iraq or Afghanistan,” the ministry wrote in a letter to ITN. “However, until we have satisfactory answers … the MoD feels unable to guarantee that our people will be treated fairly, honestly and their privacy respected.”

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