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Critics say British sailors are propaganda tools

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Critics say British sailors are propaganda tools


The controversy continues in Britain over the decision by sailors freed by Iran to sell their stories to the media.

Faye Turney, the only woman hostage, has given exclusive interviews to ITV and the Sun newspaper.

She says some of the money she received will go to navy families.

She has also explained statements she made in captivity. She claims guards threatened her with spying charges.

“When they wanted me to write what was written about the British and American troops I felt like a traitor to my country,” said Faye Turney.

Former commanders have said the sailors are pawns in a propaganda war.

Iranian television fired its salvo with images showing the detainees in a relaxed mood,
seemingly countering their claims of harsh treatment in captivity.

A dead servicewoman’s mother, Sally Veck, has criticised the Ministry of Defence for letting the sailors profit from their stories.

Her 19-year-old daughter Eleanor Dugosz was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

“She was never going to be a shop girl or an office girl. In the end, she just wanted to be my action girl and she was,” said Sally Veck, adding that she believed servicemen should do their duty and not be paid for their stories.

But the Ministry of Defence has said it waived rules against the sales because of the massive public interest in the issue.

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