Alastair Campbell, the director of communications at No 10 Downing Street who is sometimes known as the deputy prime minister because of his closeness to Tony Blair, has been given a basic lesson in the principle of the freedom of the media by the BBC, ITN and Sky News. He summoned these three main news broadcasters to Downing Street to ask them to be careful in reporting news of the antiterrorist campaign and, in particular, of Osama bin Laden's videos which have been seen on the Middle East satellite TV station Arab al-Jazeera.
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