Fraser Nelson

A responsible blogosphere?

A responsible blogosphere?
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Was Fleet Street right to cover up the fact that Prince Harry is in

Afghanistan

? Many in cyberspace would see this as an Old Media cover up. Journalists have known about this for ages, some have great photographs ready for when the lid comes off the story. But now Matt Drudge has yanked the lid, with the BBC (and tomorrow’s papers) rushing to follow. 

My take: Harry couldn’t serve in

Iraq

as news that he was out there would endanger his life, and those of his troops. The same would have been true for

Afghanistan

. I know several bloggers knew this, and suspect Guido did too - and censored himself. 

My point: the British blogosphere is more responsible than its detractors suggest. Sometimes there is a moral case for keeping a secret – and, in my view, this was one of them. Do CoffeeHousers have any thoughts?

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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