Secrecy and the Media: The Official History of the United Kingdom's D-Notice System (Government Official History Series)

Secrecy and the Media: The Official History of the United Kingdom's D-Notice System (Government Official History Series)

By: Nicholas John Wilkinson (author)Hardback

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Secrecy and the Media is the first book to examine the development of the D-Notice system, which regulates the UK media's publication of British national security secrets. It is based on official documents, many of which have not previously been available to a general audience, as well as on media sources. From Victorian times, British governments have consistently seen the need, in the public interest, to prevent the media publishing secret information which would endanger national security. The UK media have meanwhile continuously resisted official attempts to impose any form of censorship, arguing that a free press is in the public interest. Both sides have normally seen the pitfalls of attempting to resolve this sometimes acrimonious conflict of interests by litigation, and have together evolved a system of editorial self-regulation, assisted by day-to-day independent expert advice, known colloquially as the D-Notice System. The book traces the development of this system from nineteenth-century colonial campaigns, through two world wars, to modern operations and counter-terrorism in the post-Cold War era, up to the beginning of the Labour government in 1997. Examples are drawn from media, political and official sources (some not yet open), and cover not only defence issues (including Special Forces), but also the activities of the secret intelligence services MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. These cases relate principally to the UK, but also to American and other allies' interests. The story of how this sometimes controversial institution now operates in the modern world will be essential reading for those in the media and government departments, and for academics and students in the fields of security, defence and intelligence, as well as being an accessible expose for the general reader. Nicholas Wilkinson served in the Royal Navy 1959-98, and from 1999 to 2004 he ran the independent Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee. He was a Press Complaints Commissioner from 2005 to 2008, and is a Cabinet Office Historian.

About Author

Nicholas Wilkinson served in the Royal Navy 1959-98, and from 1999 to 2004 he ran the independent Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee. He was a Press Complaints Commissioner from 2005 to 2008, and is a Cabinet Office Historian.

Contents

Preface Section 1: Pre-Formation - The Long Debate - 1880s-1912 1. Victorian Security and Press Interaction 2. Regulation of the Press, and the Boer War 3. Facing the Growing German Threat 4. Wrangling with the Press 5. Government Attempts to Litigate 6. Events Bring Matters to a Head Section 2: Formation and Early Modus Operandi of the Committee - 1912-14 7. Establishing the Committee 8. Establishing Machinery and Procedures 9. Establishing a Modus Operandi Pre-War Section 3: World War I, 1914-18 10. The Security Context 11. Censorship 12. The Press Bureau 13. Early Interaction Between AWOPC, Press and Press Bureau 14. Settling Down to a Long War 15. Approaching the Steady State 16. Continuing Tensions 17. The Steady State 18. The Final Push Section 4: Between the World Wars - 1918-39 19. Security Context 20. Media Context 21. Early Work of the Committee 22. Middle Years Lull 23. Thinking About War Again 24. Return Towards a War Footing Section 5: World War II - Suspended Animation - 1939-45 25. The Press and Censorship Bureau 26. The Practice of Censorship 27. Towards Peace Section 6: Early Years of the Cold War - 1945-1967 28. Security Context 29. Media Context 30. Return of the Committee 31. Beginning of Cold War Considerations 32. Korean War and Imperial Disentanglement 33. Equipment Disagreements 34. Suez Crisis, and `War Potential' 35. Fallout from the Blake Case, and the Kuwait Crisis 36. `War Potential' Again, and the Radcliffe Report 37. Post-Radcliffe Section 7: The 'Lohan' Affair 1967 38. A Squall Becomes a Storm 39. Another Radcliffe Inquiry 40. The Storm Becomes a Hurricane 41. Rocks All Around 42. Lohan in the Spotlight, and Radcliffe Bites 43. Clearing up the Damage Section 8: Latter Years of the Cold War, and Northern Ireland 44. Security, Political and Media Contexts 45. Revision of the Notices 1971, and Early Caswork 46. Impact of the IRA Campaign 47. Wider Concerns about the D-Notice System 48. The DPBC Review 1981-82 49. Falklands Conflict 1982 50. Back to Routine Business 51. The 'Zircon' and 'My Country Right or Wrong' Controversies 52. Reform of the Official Secrets Act 53. Business as Usual Again Section 9: Post-Cold War, 1991-97 54. Iraq, Terrorism, Modernisation 55. D-Notice Review, and Spook Mania 56. Books, Avowal, and the Chinook Crash 57. Special Forces, Former Yugoslavia, Inadequate DA- Notices 58. Media Discomfort, Northern Ireland, Early Website and a Books Mountain 59. Quo Vadit?

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415453752
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 656
  • ID: 9780415453752
  • weight: 1270
  • ISBN10: 0415453755

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