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Live Broadcast of Chinese Premier’s Speech Censored
HARVARD - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo’s speech at Harvard University was censored during a live broadcast to Guangdong Province, in southern China, because of a student protesting about the Tibet issue.
Premier Wen spoke at Harvard during his visit to the United States last week. The speech was broadcast live by the Hong Kong-based channel Asian Television.
According to Taiyang Net commentator Liu Sanchan, the live broadcast was interrupted immediately after Wen’s opening remarks. He later found out that the program was cut short because of the protests of an American student.
The student, who is a senior at Harvard, unfurled a Tibetan national flag and shouted “Free Tibet.”
Cable subscribers in Guangdong province can receive programs from Asian Television because of their close proximity to Hong Kong. However, all the programs are monitored by the Chinese government and can be interrupted at anytime by censors at the Guangdong Cable Company.
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