The Press: Asking for It

Many governments chronically complain about press criticism, but Uganda has the opposite problem. No newspaper will attack the regime of General Idi ("Big Daddy") Amin Dada—and Big Daddy is worried about it. Tamed to a whisper for eight years under President Apolo Milton Obote, the papers have still not made a critical peep since his ouster seven months ago.

Attorney General P.J. Nkambo-Mugerwa went on television last week to declare that Uganda's press is "like a dog that has been chained too long. It does not know what to do now that it is free." The newspapers, he complained, are "playing the...

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