“brutal security forces, pliant courts and tightly controlled news media”

The Irish Times reports a warning from the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, about countries which, according to Freedom House, are “using brutal security forces, pliant courts and tightly controlled news media to systematically crush political dissent”

“We must be wary of the steel vice in which many governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” Mrs Clinton told an international meeting of democracies.

Don’t worry.  She’ll still be encouraging investment here