Revealed: rebranded D-Notice committee issued two notices over Skripal affair

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Abstract

Spinwatch can reveal that the Skripal affair has resulted in the issuing of not one but two 'D-Notices' to the British media, which are marked private and confidential. We can also disclose the contents of both notices, which have been obtained from a reliable source.

That two notices were issued has been confirmed by the ‘D-Notice' Committee. The Committee, which is jointly staffed by government officials and mainstream media representatives has recently changed its name to the ‘Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Committee’. The use of the word ‘advisory’ is no doubt a bid to discourage the public from thinking that this is a censorship committee. However, the DSMA-Notices (as they are now officially called) are one of the miracles of British state censorship. They are a mechanism whereby the British state simply ‘advises’ the mainstream media what not to publish, in ‘notices’ with no legal force. The media then voluntarily comply.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPublic Interest Investigations
Place of PublicationSpinwatch
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2018

Keywords

  • Skripal
  • DSMA Notice
  • Censorship
  • Propaganda
  • Novichok

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