Friday, September 14, 2007

British PR consultant continues to be an apologist for Gayoom

Minivan News has published our Letter to Editor expressing our thoughts on the outrageous comments made by British PR consultant Mr Nic Careem about the affairs of Maldives. Mr Careem has replied and his defensive letter once again shows he is an apologist for Gayoom, who he calls Dr Gayoom.

Chronology of events:

September 5, 2007: Minivan News publishes a news saying British company Blue Sky Network (founded by Mr Careem) denied running PR campaign for Gayoom.

September 9, 2007: A person with the pseudonym IM sends a Letter to Editor to Minivan News, saying Mr Careem gave undue credit to former foreign minister Dr Shaheed during Friends of Live Earth Concert held in Maldives in July.

September 10, 2007: Mr Nic Careem sends a Letter to Editor to Minivan News, defending promoting Dr Shaheed. He also said "The truth is the Maldives is, compared to many countries in the region, relatively well off with one of the highest GDP's in the region, with literacy levels on par with more developed countries and a healthcare and penal system as good as anything in the western world."

September 11, 2007: Idhikeeli sends a Letter to Editor to Minivan News in which we gave counter arguments for Mr Nic Careem's outrageous remarks.

Torture victim Abdullah Mahir, who has received political asylum in UK, responds to Mr Nic Careem, in an open letter to Mr Careem published in Minivan News. Mahir criticizes Mr Careem for comparing the healthcare system in the Maldives to that of NHS.

September 12, 2007: Mr Nic Careem replies in a Letter to Editor to Minivan News in which he continues to be an apologist for Gayoom. His response shows either his utter ignorance about the affairs of the Maldives or his willingness to intentionally ignore what is happening in the Maldives.

September 13, 2007: Ali Sameeu sends a Letter to Editor to Minivan News in which he questions why Mr Nic Careem was addressing Maldives president as Dr Gayoom.