North Thanet's MP, Roger Gale has this morning attacked Government measures taken to limit ITN News Reporting from Iraq.
Speaking at Westminster the MP, a former radio and TV journalist and member of the NUJ said:
"ITN reporters have, in common with a number of BBC and other extremely brave reporters, sought to bring accurate and factual news from some of the most dangerous places in the world.
As part of that coverage ITV has quite properly sought to highlight the medical needs of injured members of our armed forces and the manner in which government is, on occasions, signally failing to meet those needs. (This is an issue that was also highlighted during an interview between John Humphreys and a military surgeon on the Today programme this week).
That this government is now seeking to "punish" ITN for reporting facts that may be unpalatable but that are of huge importance to service personnel, to their families and to the wider public, is outrageous.
Blair's government has a less-than-proud record of attempted media manipulation but this move, effectively censorship, is beyond the bounds of any acceptability.
The Prime Minister must acknowledge that he has no right to seek to exercise control over the media and his Secretary of State for Defence must immediately reinstate full facilities for and co-operation with ITN journalists"