Journalistic liberties

I much admired John Pilger's journalism about Vietnam, East Timor, the Aboriginal people and other minorities. But when he seeks to equate the west's leaders with Saddam Hussein (26 November), I would like to hear which journalists living in Iraq are allowed to criticise Saddam Hussein or equate him with George Bush.

Ben Whitaker
London NW3

This article first appeared in the 10 December 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Special Report - The great Koran con trick