The British government has criticized commercial broadcaster Channel 4 for broadcasting a message by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as its "alternative message" to the Queen's annual Christmas message. "The British media are rightly free to make their own editorial choices, but this invitation will cause offense and amusement (sic) not just at home but amongst friendly countries abroad," a spokeswoman for the British foreign office said. But Channel 4 news chief Dorothy Byrne rmarked that the message presented "an insight into an alternative world view." In his speech, Ahmadinejad remarked, "If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over."

26/12/2008