Originally posted by No Yards:
Now here's a wonderful example of free speech in the USA .... a women who heckled the Chinese president at a White house appearance, is now being charged ...
I shall add:
Secret Service Officers Remove CNN Producer from Hu Photo-Op For Asking Question
President Hu can’t suppress dissent in the United States like he does in China, but the Bush adminstration is helping out where it can.
According to a CNN Wire report, CNN producer Joe Vaccarello was removed by Secret Service officers “from covering a private meeting Friday at Yale University after calling out a question about whether Chinese President Hu Jintao had seen protesters lined up outside”:
Vaccarello was told he had broken a rule against asking questions at the “photo op,” during which Hu and Levin exchanged gifts and Hu met with four students. Vaccarello was escorted from the building by members of the Secret Service who were escorting people in and out of the building.
Vaccarello said he had not been told he could not ask questions at the event.
A Yale spokeswoman actually defended the producers’ removal, calling the talk a “very intimate event” and claiming that “[e]very other reporter knew the ground rules.”
Well luckily we live in Canada where this thing won't happen (APEC) and I am sure that new CBC china bureau will give us all the news that Chinese government officials and Team Canada think is important.