Massaging the official message

Mushahid Hussain is just doing his job. He stands out because he is a former journalist defending a government that is hounding the press.

Pakistan's Information Minister Mushahid Hussain Syed has two personas: one journalistic which cultivates easy camaraderie with the press in Pakistan, the other political which bows to the culture of defending the government, right or wrong. If a journalist is wronged by his government, he will let him know privately the wrong happened because his advice was rejected, then issue a strong official statement justifying the action.

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