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Annex Foxtrot

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Annex Foxtrot

In the context of media coverage of the Gulf War, Annex Foxtrot was the name given to a 10-page policy memo dated January 14, 1991. Written by Captain Ron Wildermuth, the chief Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Central Command, it outlined heretofore unprecedented Pentagon restrictions on news reporting of the Gulf War.

"News media representatives will be escorted at all times. Repeat, at all times," wrote Captain Wildermuth. The memo established press pools that gave the Pentagon control over who could talk to troops and under what conditions, as well as control over much of what could be reported. The restrictions also provided for prior restraint of material deemed dangerous to national security.


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