Nov 18, 2008

So cheep=> Second Best Mayor (Lie of Mustafa Kamal)

Just for clarification.  I m from Karachi and believe that our media should speak truth.

Mustafa Kamal is doing his BEST to continue work of ex-Nazim Nimutullah Khan which is unusal in Pakistan politics and we should appreciate it.

The whole point of my email is to eleborate the fact and fact is that Mutafa Kamal is not the 2nd best Mayor of world.

Please read the complete email and act like mature person and accept the reality (i m Sorry if it hits your sentiments)

The Foreign Policy Magazine has issued clarification on their blog to clarify any misreporting in Pakistani Media in regards to the Best Mayor story.
Joshua Keating at FP Magazine Writes:

Yesterday, we started receiving e-mails from readers and journalists in Pakistan asking for comment on reports that we had named Karachi's mayor, Mustafa Kamal, "the second best mayor in the world." This would be an understandable query if we had actually said anything of the sort.

Pakistan's biggest English-language newspaper, Dawn, then printed a glorified transcription of the mayor's press release by the government-controlled Associated Press of Pakistan as a front-page story without ever checking with us to see if it was accurate.

According to one reporter, who unlike Dawn contacted us for comment, "Karachi is riddled with banners by the local government, congratulating Mr. Kamal for being declared as second best mayor of the world by the Foreign Policy."
We hate to rain on Kamal's parade, and certainly intend him and his city no disrespect, but we simply never ranked him in any way. This entire mess could have been avoided with some very basic fact-checking.

Read complete posting at Foreign Policy Magazine Blog

Dawn Clarifies the Report:
'To clarify, although Mr Mustafa Kamal was mentioned in a sidebar called 'Mayors of the Moment' in the article, 'The 2008 Global Cities Index,' this mention had nothing to do with any ranking', Jina Hassan,, Media and Public Relations Coordinator Foreign Policy magazine told Online on Wednesday.
Miss Jina said that Kamal was not chosen as the world's second best mayor because the purpose of the article was not meant for that. 'No survey was conducted even in this regard,' she maintained.



"Mayor of City Ranked at 57″ in the world and there was NO ranking of any Mayors by the the FP Magazine
One of the most highlighted news by several media entities reported the nomination of Mustafa Kamal as the World's Second Best Mayor by the Foreign Policy Magazine.
Based on a quick investigation, it was revealed that this story was a misleading and was actually fabricated to be used as a propaganda tool by MQM. In fact, Karachi has been ranked at 57th out of 60 global cities by the Foreign Policy Magazine at
their website.
Please also note that Mustafa Kamal's name was only mentioned as the "Mayor of City Ranked at 57″ in the world and there was NO ranking of any Mayors by the the
FP Magazine.
Email Conversations:

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:35 PM
Subject: Verification of News item Referred to FOREIGN POLICY

Dear Sir/Madam,
It has been reported in some media entities in Pakistan that Mustafa Kamal (Mayor of Karachi) has been 'Ranked' as # 2 in the best Mayors of the world by your organisation. Can you please verify this news item. Also what is the criteria for Ranking of Mayors ?

Thanks and Regards,
Admin PKPolitics

-----Reply from Foreign Policy Magazine-----
Dear Sir/Madam,

To clarify, the mayor's mention in our magazine was not a ranking. Although Kamal was mentioned in a sidebar called 'Mayors of the Moment' in the article, 'The 2008 Global Cities Index,' this mention was not meant as a ranking per se. Rather, we meant to highlight city executives doing innovative things against enormous odds. While we applaud Kamal's efforts, his mention in our magazine was only a small part of a larger article that ranked the world's most global cities (Karachi ranked #57).
I hope this explains your question. Please feel free to reach me with any concerns or comments.

xxxx xxxxxxx

Media & Public Relations Coordinator

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