Nov 21, 2007
Dubai closes two pakistani TV stations
One of the ugly fallouts of the state of emergency in Pakistan was the media crackdown by Musharraf's regime. But the worst episode of this was when two TV stations which were closed down in Pakistan swtiched their broadcasting to their offices in Dubai media city, a supposedly free space for the media, but then president Musharraf told Dubai authorities to close the two stations, and they were closed. Yes, believe it or not, the government of Dubai closed the two stations because of the emergency rule in Pakistan. This is a dangerous precedence but we shouldn't be surprised that the freedom provided in Dubai's media city was as superficial as the rest of the Dubai.