DSMA notice 14 March 2018

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This is the text of a 'DSMA notice' (formerly known as 'D notices') issued to the British media on 14 March 2018 and obtained by Spinwatch from a reliable source. Redactions indicated by 'XXX' have been applied to possible personal data. For more information see: Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Notice System


From: DSMA Secretary <secretary@dsma.uk>

Date: 14 March 2018

Subject: DEFENCE AND SECURITY MEDIA ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Private and Confidential: Not for Publication, Broadcast or for use on Social Media TO ALL EDITORS One of the reactions from the Russian authorities in response to the measures that the UK authorities have recently announced, may include the publication or broadcast of Sensitive Personal Information (SPI).

Any publication or broadcast of SPI could identify personnel (and their family members) who work in sensitive positions. These identities are covered by the purpose of DSMA notice 05. I would like to take this opportunity to remind editors of the purpose of DSMA notice 05 which inter alia advise editors against the:

'inadvertent disclosure of Sensitive Personnel Information (SPI) that reveals the identity, location or contact details of personnel (and their family members) who have security, intelligence and/or counter-terrorist backgrounds, including members of the UK Security and Intelligence Agencies, MOD and Specials Forces.' The full text of DSMA notice 05 can be found on the DSMA website.

If any editor wishes to consider publication of any such material in the near future, may I ask you to seek my advice before doing so?

Please do call or email me if you have any questions or need further clarification.

I would be grateful were the Press Association and Society of Editors to promulgate this notice through their own networks.

Thank you, Yours sincerely, Geoffrey Dodds Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee | Level 4 Spine 4, Room 113, Ministry of Defence Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 07xx xxx xxxx | secretary@dsma.uk | www.dsma.uk