Protest support for Soldiers A-Z (Rolling Thunder)

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Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,
Will you confirm/deny that the TV authorities & press are currently/have been the subject of a D/DA notices relating to covering/broadcasting support activities for Soldier F ?

On April 12th 2019 an estimated 22,000+ motorcyclists & a further 6,000 foot soldiers entered
London City, & crossed Westminster Bridge in protest against the charges levied on Soldier F
(Figures supplied by Met. Police)
Further more, on Sept 28th 2019- again a massive contingency of motorcyclists, supporters & protesters for the above, & covering the charges levied on Soldiers A-Z - entered London & dominated Trafalgar Square & Parliament Square to a standstill.
Both of these events were supported by the Met. Police & vast numbers of crowds took to the street to watch & support the event.
There was nothing on any TV media? A complete "blackout" & only a brief mention in any papers!

Yours faithfully,
Jez Caesar
Eastleigh
Southampton.

DSMA Secretary, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Mr Caesar,
Thank you for your email in connection with the Soldier F matter.

 

First, I can confirm no Defence and Security Media
Advisory (DSMA) Notice has been issued concerning coverage of the
Veterans ‘Rolling Thunder’ motorcycle protest on 12 April or 28 September
2019 or indeed on any other protest in connection with Soldier
F.  Coverage of protests is 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 [1]here.  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
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public disclosure of information that would compromise UK national
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At this difficult time, I hope this email reassures you.

Yours Sincerely,

Geoffrey Dodds

 

Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory
Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 0754 016 3698
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From: Jez Caesar <[FOI #609088 email]>
Sent: 03 October 2019 18:21
To: DSMA Secretary <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Protest support for Soldiers A-Z
(Rolling Thunder)
 
Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,
 Will you confirm/deny that the TV authorities & press are currently/have
been the subject of a D/DA notices relating to covering/broadcasting
support activities for Soldier F ?

On April 12th 2019 an estimated 22,000+ motorcyclists & a further 6,000
foot soldiers entered
London City, & crossed Westminster Bridge in protest against the charges
levied on Soldier F
(Figures supplied by Met. Police)
Further more, on Sept 28th 2019- again a massive contingency of
motorcyclists, supporters & protesters for the above, & covering  the
charges levied on Soldiers A-Z - entered London & dominated Trafalgar
Square & Parliament Square to a standstill.
 Both of these events were supported by the Met. Police & vast numbers of
crowds took to the street to watch & support the event.
There was nothing on any TV media?  A complete "blackout" & only a brief
mention in any papers!

Yours faithfully,
 Jez Caesar
Eastleigh
Southampton.

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