Former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer, writing in the London Guardian, on March 2, 2010, paraphrased "Rwandan leaders" when comparing free speech in the African Republic of Rwanda to yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre.Kinzer is the author of "A Thousand Hills, Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed it," the story of how former General, now incumbent President, Paul Kagame seized power in Rwanda during the Rwanda Genocide of 1994. Critics characterize him as Kagame's biographer, apologist, and publicist. After praising Kagame, but also noting Amnesty International's 02.18.2010 release "Intimidation of Rwandan Opposition Parties Must End," Kinzer wrote: "Many people in developed countries look suspiciously, as they should, on leaders who impose restrictions on free speech. Even in the US, though, it is illegal to cry "fire!" in a crowded theatre. That is what Rwandan leaders accuse the foreign-based opposition of doing – fanning hatreds that could explode into another genocide. The opposition, in reply, insists it is merely speaking truths Kagame does not wish to hear." The opposition has also stated that the ongoing suppression of human rights in Rwanda is far more likely to trigger another outbreak of violence than free speech and the inclusion of all Rwandans in the country's political and economic opportunities.
--Barack Obama, release by the Office of the White House Press Secretary, 04.07.2009 Though Kinzer mentions neither Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders, nor President Obama, he does link to the PDF file, in French, of a December 2009 UN Report accusing FDU-Inkingi presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza to the FDLR militia in eastern Congo, as have the Rwandan authorities when interrogating Mrs. Ingabiré in Rwanda. In this he joins the state run Rwanda New Times and its faithful republisher, allAfrica.com, in tying Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza, to the FDLR. Ingabiré has denied links to the FDLR, both in public and during repeated interrogation by Rwandan authorities, and has insisted that her party, the FDU-Inkingi is, like the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and the Parti Social-Imberakuri, committed to nonviolence. The three opposition parties have formed a Permanent Consultative Council now calling on the government to register their parties, and include them in a free and fair presidential election, but the government has since threatened them with arrest for forming a "coalition"---though they call it a "council"---before registering their parties, and even as the government has, thus far, prevented them from registering.