Wed Jun 6, 2007 by Anil Kalhan
AsiaMedia: Musharraf’s Global War on Journalism
A couple of weeks ago, as noted in the South Asian Journalists Association’s blog SAJAforum, Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador, Munir Akram, took a break from his duties as diplomat to perform a quick stint as media critic. In a letter to the editor, he responded to a New York Times editorial criticizing continued U.S. support for General Pervez Musharraf. Akram complained that The Times’ “repeated references to our president as a military dictator are offensive. President Pervez Musharraf was elected in accordance with Pakistan’s Constitution by our national and provincial parliaments. His re-election will be similarly democratic.”
The Times did not exactly get it wrong. . . .