Journalist JS Tissainagayam was recently jailed for 20 years hard labor for what he wrote and only released by Presidential pardon. This, via Reporters Sans Frontiers, is (I think) his first interview. In it he talks about the state of censorship, and the people who now accept that state through self-censorship. I found this part almost boring as it is so, essentially, obvious, but perhaps that’s because I’ve now become part of the pathology of the thing. He also talks about how international pressure may have spurred this release, and how economic and political support should be contingent on media freedom. Despite working in the media, I actually don’t agree. In (by global norms) moderately repressive governments like this, engagement may be more productive than unenforceable boycotts. But I also haven’t been in jail for over a year.