These days I don’t think of any country as a kingdom or as a democracy. Ever since the Magna Carta, maybe before that, the king has to throw a bone to everybody else sometimes. Sometimes the bone has some meat on it, sometimes not much. Some days and in some countries elections are more of a joke than others, and someday there will be an honest election somewhere, probably for the Cambridge, Massachusetts City Council.
“Freedom of the press” is a bone that Congress threw to Quaker-dominated Rhode Island after the Revolution to entice it into the union. It doesn’t mean anything if the laws are all ignored for political expediency. I mean, why should corporations be declared to be people in the United States? That’s just not in the Constitution, and then one day it just appeared, poof!
Anyways, the guys in charge simultaneously want to dodge the war crimes court (see other news story today) and persecute any journalist or whistle blower ratfink that outed them.