NYT, here. - The thing about dictators is they don’t have to answer any stinking questions from the press. We call it undemocratic; they call it job security.
That’s why President Obama’s joint news briefing with President Raúl Castro of Cuba last week was so extraordinary. For the first time since the earliest days of the revolution, independent reporters posed tough questions to a Cuban president named Castro on Cuban soil for a Cuban television audience, live.