Gag order on yellow jacket protesters?

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Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,

Is there a D-Notice out for anything related to the recent 2019 french protests?

Gilets jaunes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_ves...

Yours faithfully,
John Smith

DSMA Secretary, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your e-mail earlier today in which you asked there is a 'D-Notice out for anything related to the recent 2019 french protests?' And you included the link:

Gilets jaunes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_ves...

First, I can confirm no Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Notice (used to be called D-notices) has been issued concerning coverage of these matters which fall outside the remit of the DSMA Notice System.

The aim of the DSMA Notice System is to prevent inadvertent public disclosure of information that would compromise UK military, counter-terrorist and intelligence operations, methods, or capabilities; put at risk the safety of those involved in such operations; or lead to attacks that would damage the critical national infrastructure and/or endanger lives. The system is voluntary, it has no legal authority and the final responsibility for deciding whether or not to publish or broadcast rests solely with the editor or publisher concerned.

DSMA Notices are issued by the DSMA Committee. This is an independent, advisory body composed of senior civil servants representing government departments concerned with national security and media representatives, including editors of national and regional newspapers, periodicals, news agencies, broadcasters, digital news, and book publishers. The DSMA Committee is supported by a Secretariat of civil servants funded by the Ministry of Defence.

The five standing DSMA Notices are listed on the website www.dsma.uk. The DSMA Committee Secretariat offers advice to editors and journalists on specific matters, often following their requests for advice, and if necessary, may occasionally issue specific DSMA Notice advice in a letter to editors.

Although as a non-public body the DSMA Committee is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the DSMA Committee is committed to practising a policy of maximum disclosure consistent with its aim of preventing the inadvertent public disclosure of information that would compromise UK national security, and that the subsequent advice is sought and given in confidence. Please see the website www.dsma.uk for more information on the DSMA-Notice System.

Sincerely,

Geoffrey Dodds

Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 0754 016 3698 | [DSMA request email] | www.dsma.uk

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