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Prelude to the 2010 Olympics – free speech concerns…

November 28, 2009

Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman was detained for 90 minutes going through customs in Vancouver this week; she was attending several launches of her new book, Breaking the Sound Barrier.  According to a report from the CBC, Canadian Border Officials were concerned that she would report negatively on the forthcoming 2010 Olympics to be held in Vancouver. Goodman was incredulous and in the CBC report commented that, “I am deeply concerned that as a journalist I would be flagged and that the concern – the major concern – was the content of my speech. A CBC video interview can be found here.

In reporting on this incident Dave Zirin wrote

Harsha Walia, member of No One Is Illegal and the Olympic Resistance Network, said to me, “In the lead-up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, we have witnessed and been subjected to an increasingly fortified police state, including intimidation and harassment of activists by security and intelligence forces as part of an unparalleled $1 billion security and surveillance network. In contravention of basic rights, police have stated their plans to set up checkpoints, search people without cause, and erect security exclusion zones.”

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