Blogging, Dictators and Democracy…

Who controls information, what does it mean, and how does that relate to the media of blogs.

New York Times reaches out to the blogosphere, or the blogoshtan and asks for news during marshal law and the news blackout of Pakistan.

“With opposition protests blocked by the authorities in Pakistan, is asking readers in Pakistan to help us report on events in the country by sending us eyewitness accounts of protests in photographs, video or text.”

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan:

“I must remove my uniform and there should be a civilian government,’’ Musharraf told state-run Pakistan Television today. “Elections must be held as soon as possible, by Feb. 15 at the latest.’’

Benazir Bhutto, leader of the main opposition party, called it “yet another vague announcement. We want him to hang up his uniform by November 15.”

President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia:

“Demand and you will receive. You demanded early elections. Here they are: early elections. Come and decide who you want to vote for.

“I do not want to be the president of a country that limits mass media and that declares emergency rule,” he added. “I can only rule the country if I have a renewed mandate from the people.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s stifled democracy movement:

“In the interest of the nation, I stand ready to cooperate with the government in order to make this process of dialogue a success and welcome the necessary good offices’ role of the United Nations to help facilitate our efforts in this regard.”


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