Letter - MoD must learn from hostage debacle

What a pity that the Ministry of Defence has failed to learn any lessons from the Iranian captives' debacle, for which it must share some responsibility.

Blaming the messenger - the media - just won't do (PRWeek, 13 April). Certainly some newspapers have been hypocritical, so no change there. But the problem was the decision itself - to allow the hostages to sell their stories to the media.

In these circumstances, it was the media's duty to reflect the scope of that feeling.

Patrick Watson, managing director, Montrose Public Affairs Consultants.

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