People wonder why we tolerate a military dictatorship so easily. The following should answer that quite nicely.
[quote]The National Assembly secretariat is reported to have started censoring speeches delivered on the floor of the House before incorporating them into the parliamentary record. The main targets currently are said to be leading opposition leaders, who are also the most vocal critics of the government and the Establishment. The censorship draws upon a ‘rule’ which, according to the Secretary National Assembly, bars criticism of persons not present in the House to defend themselves. The Speaker is also said to have ruled in favour of this practice.
The development is amazing because it seems effectively to rule out criticism of non-parliamentarians because only they cannot be present, and speak, in the House.
>>[url=http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jul2003-daily/20-07-2003/oped/editorial.htm#2]The News: Parliamentary censorship?[/url]