Thursday, December 23, 2004

Free to speak your mind ... or not

The media in poor countries are freer and more influential than ever before, which is why so many journalists are being killed, says The Economist.

That may be so, but old-fashioned despots are still in vogue in North Korea, Turkmenistan and Togo, and still busily repressing the media. The same issue of The Economist investigates these remaining personality cults and asks: Why do they survive, how long will they last, and why do those who build them always have such vile personalities?

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