Monday, March 20, 2006

Climate of fear

Two steps forward and three steps back, the country moves from a climate of high hopes and open debates, back to one of fear and suspicion.

..."Oh, no, that would not be wise," said a law professor when asked if a reporter could observe a class where students were to discuss the ongoing trial of 131 opposition leaders, publishers, journalists and human rights activists. Despite boasting about the openness of debate in his class, the professor declined to give his name.

Ethiopia gripped by fear of regime (Washington Times) March 21, 2006