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Media Access

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to ensure fair and equal access by all broadcast and print media reporting from combat areas in Iraq and Afghanistan. (99080)

The MOD has dedicated staff, processes and systems designed to provide balanced access for UK and international correspondents. These processes are laid out in the MOD ‘Green Book’ (“MOD Working Arrangements with the Media for use Throughout the Full Spectrum of Military Operations”) a copy of which is available on the MOD website (www.mod.uk). The ‘Green Book’ provides details of how correspondents should apply for operational media assignments. Applications for operational assignments are assessed on a case by case basis and decisions to approve applications are based on a range of factors, such as the ability of the military to facilitate the media visit. The MOD aims at all times to ensure a fair and balanced approach by ensuring that a wide a variety of responsible media organisations are represented.