7 November 2003

Lessons of Iraq: Media Coverage Under Scrutiny

How did the Ministry of Defence plan for the media coverage of the recent conflict in Iraq? How did the arrangements which allowed journalists to report from frontline units work in practice? What lessons has the MoD learned from this experience which might affect the media coverage of future conflicts. The Committee is to examine these issues with the MoD officials responsible for the media strategy in Iraq.

The session will take place at 3.00 pm on Wednesday 12 November, in Committee Room 8 (room subject to change), with evidence from:

Ministry of Defence

• Mr Tony Pawson, Director General, Corporate Communications
• Colonel Paul Brook, Assistant Director, Media Operations Policy

Written submissions on the Lessons of Iraq inquiry  are still welcome and should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee, preferably in electronic format to (Please include your full postal address together with the email).

Notes to Editors

1. This is the Committee's 12th evidence session in its Lessons of Iraq inquiry. The transcripts of previous sessions are available at:

2. The Committee took evidence from journalists, including some who were embedded, on Wednesday 2 July at 10.00 am and 3.00 pm.

3. The terms of reference of the inquiry are:

► To examine the role of the UK Armed Forces in the major combat phase of the recent conflict in Iraq;

► To explore how far lessons from previous operations and deployments, including in Afghanistan, were acted upon and implemented; and

► To consider what lessons for the future may be drawn from Operation Telic.

4. The membership of the Defence Committee is as follows:

Rt Hon Bruce George MP (Walsall South) (Chairman)

James Cran MP (Beverley and Holderness)

David Crausby MP (Bolton North East)

Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South)

Mike Hancock CBE MP (Portsmouth South)

Dai Havard MP (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) Gerald Howarth MP (Aldershot)

Kevan Jones MP (North Durham)

Frank Roy MP (Motherwell  Wishaw)

Rachel Squire MP (Dunfermline West)

Peter Viggers MP (Gosport)