The Ministry of Defence has effectively ordered a blanket ban on blogging, in a move to stop military personnel from talking publicly about their experiences.
From now on, blogging and the sending of text messages will only be allowed with express permission.
They’ll also not be allowed to play multi-player computer games, or send photos, audio, or video material without permission if they relate to defence matters.
The rules also extend to members of the Territorial Army when on duty, as well as civil servants working for the MoD.
The Ministry claims that they are simply updating rules which have been in place for over ten years, but it will come as a disappointment to many, for whom military bloggers revealed what was really going on in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the poor state of equipment and accommodation for service personnel.
I wouldn’t be surprised if anonymous blogging continues.
Though the official reasoning is different, it’s similar to the blogging restrictions faced by American troops in Iraq.