“I find that NPR news reports always criticize governments such as those in Syria and Iran with whom America has several teeth to grind. Last week, the Moroccan government was violently repressing the people in the Rif region, and NPR did not report anything.”
“Oh!” the voice said, and then I heard a click. He hung up on me.
In its reports http://www.npr.org/2011/03/15/134556532/Algeria-Tensions of March 15, 2011, NPR reported on Algeria at the same time Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt were going through their respective turmoil. It interviewed a minister and Said Saadi, the RCD leader. In addition, the report indicated that “… But Algeria is clearly a police state. Its people are frustrated and discouraged, and corruption is endemic.”
However, NPR decides to interview the Chilla family, which grills shish kebabs and the father claims, “It's different. We have liberty,” he says. “We're a people that does what it wants. We can travel, we work how we want. The power isn't so severe.”
Why didn’t NPR go and ask any government official why it is still forbidden for parents to give Berber first names to their children?