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Armed Forces: Mass Media

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules govern serving members of the armed forces talking to the media. (269712)

We want our people, military and civilian, to talk and write about what they do so that the roles and achievements of the armed forces and MOD can be better understood. However, in order to ensure that national and operational security is upheld, and that standards of political impartiality and public accountability are met, serving members of the armed forces must seek prior authorisation before talking to the media.

The guidance is set out in a Defence Instruction and Notice (DIN) which is available on the MOD internet site. It is also reflected in the relevant Queen’s regulations.