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The Council of Europe has issued a media freedom alert after the ministry of defence (MoD) barred the media outlet Declassified UK, which investigates the British military and its intelligence agencies.

On 25 August, a journalist for the website contacted the MoD for comment about the arrest of Ahmed al Babati (see here).

The journalist was first asked ‘what sort of angle’ Declassified UK had taken on Yemen. He was later told that the MoD was ‘no longer deal[ing] with your publication’.