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British sailors held captive in Iran can sell stories to the media

By kurtrat     Apr 7, 2007 in World
The Royal Navy sailors held captive in Iran will be allowed to sell their stories to the media.
The Ministry of Defence said their experiences were "exceptional circumstances." Usually, people serving in the military are not allowed to accept money from the media for their stories. But the Ministry of Defence lifted the ban.
BBC correspondent James Hardy said this decision came because of the enormous amount of interest shown in this story, which could potentially earn six figure sums. "The MoD has decided the easiest thing in this case is to allow them to sell their stories and offer any help and support they need in the process," he said.
Members of the crew held by Iran, however, have been paying their respects to the four British soldiers killed in Iraq on the day they returned to the UK. At a news conference, seven of the crew expressed their condolences to the soldiers' families.
"It's so difficult to be ecstatic at a time like this because four soldiers have lost their lives," said Royal Marine Corporal Dean Harris.
What does everyone think about this decision? Should people serving in the military be allowed to sell their stories to the media? Does it in any way cheapen the experience or seem unprofessional? Or do the captives deserve to make money from their ordeal?
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