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Advani slams PMO’s attempts to silence foreign scribe

New Delhi(IANS): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Monday attacked the Prime Minister’s Office for what he called attempts to “crush” a foreign correspondent for criticising Manmohan Singh in an article.

The BJP leader’s main target was the prime minister’s communications adviser Pankaj Pachauri, formerly a journalist with a leading Indian television channel.

In a blog post Monday, Advani wrote that “stupidity” was a great crime in public life. He held that the episode involving the PMO and Washington Post correspondent Simon Denyer was “a high point of disservice”, coming from a man hired to serve the prime minister.

Joining ranks with other commentators who saw the PMO’s attempts to respond to the scathing criticism in the article a storm in a tea cup, Advani held that if the Washington Post instance was indeed an attempt to send “a stern signal” to Indian reporters, it had backfired.

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