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U.S. Adopting Communist Chinese tactics against press

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March 2013
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When a Sky News reporter, Mark Stone, was detained by Chinese police during a live broadcast, the Chinese superpower essentially got caught red-handed while trying to stifle coverage of one of their most embarrassing authoritarian moments.

What the world already knows about China’s heavy-handed censorship was put on display after the British journalist made passing mention of the 1989 incident and was dragged away to a police van, with officials apparently unaware that the signal was still going out. This kind of behavior, while shameful, is perhaps expected in a place like China.

But the United States, renowned for its freedoms, has routinely intimidated its citizens for daring to film in public, too, particularly when confronting controversial topics, establishing chilling blows to the First Amendment which guarantees free speech and a free press.

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