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‘Government is hiding the true story of fighting in Afghanistan’

Censorship (by denial of access) of the fighting in southern Afghanistan is political, not military, Alex Thomson, of Channel 4 News, says in Guardian Media today. He writes:

The Paras in Helmand want their story told on TV. The army media people on the ground and commanders in theatre have few, if any, objections to that happening. Their mandarins back in the MoD are, from what I am told, equally keen – but the politicians, terrified of “bad” news, are shutting them down.

The pictures we are getting of the fighting are from military camera crews and, sometimes, blurry cameraphone video from the soldiers themselves.

It seems to me that the the government is damaging its own case with unsubstantiated claims of high numbers of casualties among Taliban fighters. To maintain its position that British troops are doing well in a country which has seen off the British army (and the Russians) before, the Government is going to have to let us see the evidence.

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