Thursday, August 07, 2003

US military wants no public complaints from its soldiers

Seems that the US military doesn't want the public to hear what soldiers think about the mission in Iraq.

According to a story in the July 25 edition of Stars and Stripes, the military appears to be curtailing its much-touted embedded-journalist program, which has allowed reporters almost unfettered access to military units throughout the war and occupation.

The 3rd Infantry Division, from where many complaints have arisen, has expelled many of its embedded reporters, and its troops are no longer allowed to talk to the media outside of pre-approved news features.

... Soldiers' families are also being advised not to complain to the media, according to news reports.