Critical journalists continue to languish in prison and inside the courtrooms the breadth of the clampdown is on full display.
Yet at the same time officials have imposed “a clampdown on information” on those who are critical of the government.
The clampdown on media has also raised red flags among rights activists in the country.
Since Francis seemed to be the polar opposite, they had every reason to hope the clampdown would be lifted.
The current clampdown is the heaviest in Tibetan communities since March 2008.
There is no doubt that meth is destructive, and a clampdown is justified.