NATO comes under fire for its poor communications

NATO’s PR operation is dogged by poor communication lines with military policy decision-makers, according to journalists covering the organisation’s war effort against Yugoslavia.

NATO’s PR operation is dogged by poor communication lines with

military policy decision-makers, according to journalists covering the

organisation’s war effort against Yugoslavia.



This continues to be the case despite a decision earlier this week to

beef up NATO’s press operation following advice from Tony Blair’s press

secretary, Alastair Campbell. Campbell visited NATO headquarters in

Brussels last week, where the organisation’s external relations head,

Jamie Shea, is based.



Jake Lynch is the Sky news correspondent who covered NATO’s botched

attempt to explain its mistaken bombing of a refugee convoy in Kosovo

this week.



He said: ’Jamie Shea hasn’t been getting the information and the

say-so isn’t his. It was a charade last week. Jamie would turn up and

say ’no one’s told me anything’.’



Shea heads a 24-strong team of which only five are press officers. He

reports to NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, who is based in

Brussels.



NATO’s military base, however, and many of its military policy

decision-makers, are based in Mons, in south-western Belgium.



Campbell has already sent a member of the 10 Downing Street press

office, Julian Braithwaite, to Shea on indefinite secondment.



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