Emily Wax of the Washington Post looked at the state of political satire and freedom of the press in Pakistan recently. The news is pretty grim. TV stations are required to sign codes of conduct that prohibit criticism of Musharraf and other officials.
Musharraf has also asked his allies to help contain the Pakistani press. Wax reports that “the United Arab Emirates agreed to shut down two of Pakistan’s largest and most popular networks, Geo TV and ARY, which had been broadcasting news of events in Pakistan via satellite from Dubai.”
Reporters without Borders sent an open letter to Musharraf on Friday urging him to recind the ban on Geo TV’s stations.