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PKU cancels talk after free speech play (2)

(Global Times)

08:58, December 05, 2011

Zhu refused to comment Saturday when reached by the Global Times, saying it was the university's decision.

Lu denied the cancellation in a telephone interview with the Global Times, saying the contract the hall had signed with CAEG had said nothing about holding a discussion.

"I think that's an excuse, not a valid reason," said Friedman, "It would've only been an informal discussion of 15 to 20 minutes."

The theater performed from November 21 through 27 in Shanghai and held discussions after every show without any special clearance, she said.

But when they play was performed at Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong Province, on November 29, the host also cancelled the discussion.

"I guess Chinese universities are still very sensitive and close-minded," Friedman said.

The cancellation came as an ironic counterpoint to the play, said PKU economics student Bi Ran, who was in the audience.

The play was performed twice more in Beijing at Tianqiao Acrobatic Theater, Xicheng district over the weekend. A discussion was had on Saturday.

"It was interesting. People talked about Wikileaks and the Internet," Friedman said. "We'll also broadcast the play as part of a deal on Beijing Radio 774 next year," she said.

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