Aristide Is Muzzled... and So Is the Press

Agence France Presse reports (via The Jamaica Observer):

Aristide muzzled
Contact with journalists restricted, say hosts

Saturday, March 06, 2004

BANGUI, (AFP) - The Cabinet in the Central African Republic went into talks yesterday, reportedly to discuss what to do with their difficult guest, ousted Haitian leader, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and took steps to keep him quiet.

National radio announced that all local and foreign journalists with questions relating to Aristide, who has annoyed his hosts with embarrassing statements, must henceforth first address themselves to the CAR authorities.

"All agents of the private press and the foreign press must go to the foreign ministry over any matter related to the stay of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, for better coordination and orientation," said a broadcast government statement.

I'll have more thoughts on this in a moment, but wanted to turn on the microphone and get everybody else who is not muzzled or kept by force from the Internet screen, who is not a deposed-n-kidnapped-but-legitimately-elected president, and who is not a eunuch of the Commercial Media, to get unmuzzled and start talking right away.

After all, if they're that desperate to shut him up, there must be a lot still left to be said.

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Reporting on the United States at The Field.