SpinWatch publish confidential media 'D-notices' on the Skripal case
Spin Watch co-founder: D-Notices are an attack on the very idea of a “free media”
THE public interest investigations group SpinWatch has published two private and confidential ‘D-notices’ sent to the press, both relating to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.
‘D-notices’, officially known as DMSA-Notices, are notes from the UK Government to the British media advising them not to publish on a specific issue. They have no legal power to compel the press to do so, but they are strongly expected to be adhered to.
Analysis: A scientist has shown us why 'highly likely' and 'probably' isn’t good enough
Ben Wray says organic chemist Professor Stephen Clark has punched a hole in the ambiguous language used around the Salisbury poisoning – when such language is the basis on which war is justified, we should have grave doubts
THE UK Government has now used the phrase “highly likely” to justify two extremely serious foreign policy positions in just over one month.
On both occasions the phrase was used to express a sentiment about which state carried out a chemical weapons attack
Exclusive: Scientist – Defence Laboratory Chief Executive wrong to say Salisbury Novichok nerve agent could “probably” only be made by a state actor
Scientist points to 1995 chemical attack in a Tokyo Subway by a non-state actor
THE Chief Executive of the UK’s Defence Laboratory at Porton Down was wrong when he stated that the Salisbury Novichok poisoning could “probably” only be made by a state actor, a scientist has told CommonSpace.