NATO tries to change Canadian media policy in Afghanistan

CP/Canoe reports that NATO, apparently spurred on by the U.S. military model in Iraq, is trying to change the decentralized media policy the Canadian army has used in Kandahar with great success. Notwithstanding the political divisions and debate about the justice or appropriateness of our role in Afghanistan, nevertheless support for our Army is solid and is evidenced by the news coverage of the war, which has managed to be both objective in its coverage while admiring of the duty and discipline of our troops in its commentary. Canadian brass are apparently fighting this, with good reason; let’s hope they win this one.

The practice has been temporarily suspended under pressure from the Canadian military, which has tried unsuccessfully to have the overall policy reversed.

CP/Canoe, April 29 2009

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