MoD insiders acknowledge media challenges

Ministry of Defence source says protocols are still being finalised.

MoD: Insider claims Downing Street is exerting too much influence on comms operation
MoD: Insider claims Downing Street is exerting too much influence on comms operation

Ministry of Defence sources have admitted that 'protocols still need to be worked out' for dealing with media interest in the Libya conflict.

One MoD insider denied claims that Downing Street is exerting too much influence over the comms operation, telling PRWeek: 'The relationship between Downing Street and the Foreign Office and MoD in this issue is much better than before. They give us a fair amount of latitude to give our military updates.'

The source said comms efforts had been more affected because the NATO command and control structure has only just been set up: 'Once NATO takes control, it will be much more able to show the operations in its widest sense.'

The insider also addressed comparisons with comms around previous military interventions: 'The problem in comparing it with previous conflicts, such as Afghanistan, is we have been there (Afghanistan) a lot longer. The protocols still need to be worked out.'

An MoD spokesman said it had 'drawn on the full range of comms channels available'. This included conducting briefings and interviews, releasing imagery taken by the combat news teams, releasing daily operational updates and, where appropriate, embedding journalists with the armed forces.

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