Britain’s Defence Ministry has banned personnel from selling their stories to the media pending a review of the regulations. The about-face follows outrage over the decision to allow the 15 naval personnel detained by Iran to talk to the press. As the only woman on the crew, Faye Turney inevitably attracted the most interest. She is said to have struck a television and tabloid deal worth around 150 thousand euros.
Officials faced a barrage of criticism for their decision from defence experts, former military commanders and members of the public. Such exceptions are normally only made for those awarded Britain’s highest military medal, the Victoria Cross.