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Blocked By Chinese Authorities: 'Michelle Obama's Peking University Speech Regarding Freedom' [ChinaForbiddenNews]

On March 22 Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. President Barack
Obama, delivered a speech at the Stanford Center,
Peking University.

She highlighted freedom of speech in China, saying that
freedom of speech and unfettered access to information
makes countries stronger and should be universal rights.

However, official Chinese media blocked Michelle's speech.
Let's see the report.

Before the official speech, Michelle expressed concern about
the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, offering condolences.
Then she encouraged students to have "real experience
with the world beyond your borders -- experience
with languages, cultures and societies very different
from your own."
She quoted the famous Chinese saying, "It is better to travel
ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books."

Michelle Obama, who is a A J.D. from Harvard University
and a famous American lawyer, expressed concern
about freedom of information when talking about
the individual responsibility in the global economy.

She said the free flow of information was crucial "because
that's how we discover the truth, that's how we learn
what's really happening in our communities and our country
and our world."
Mrs. Obama said, "time and again, we have seen
that countries are stronger and more prosperous
when the voices of and opinions of all their citizens
can be heard."

Michelle Obama: "We respect the uniqueness of other
cultures and societies, but when it comes to expressing
yourself freely and worshipping as you choose and having
open access to information, we believe those universal rights."

Official mainland media reported on Michelle's speech,
but blocked the content regarding free flow of information
and freedom of belief.

Mainland freelance writer, former Hebei People's Radio
Editor Zhu Xinxin: "Not reporting relevant information
of Mrs. Obama's speech just shows the inner weakness
in the psyche of the CCP."

Mainland freelance writer, former Hebei People's Radio
Editor Zhu Xinxin believes that Michelle Obama's speech
is like a mirror that reflects the CCP's internet suppression
and the suppression of freedom of speech.
For decades, the culture of the dictatorial regime
caused social decadence and moral deterioration,
resulting in serious harm
to the society and several generations.

Before the trip, the White House stressed that America's
first lady would avoid sensitive subjects.
However, her speech was interpreted as being critical
of Chinese authorities without naming names.
Western news agencies reported on the current harsh
commenting environment—foreign news websites, Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube, dissidents' blogs and micro-blogs
were blocked when they reported Michelle's trip.
Before Michelle's visits, renowned Mainland activist
Cao Shunli was persecuted to death because she called
on the authorities to listen to public opinion.

Sun Wenguang, a retired professor of Shandong University:
"The authoritarian regime in China has turned
the entire society into a big prison.

Information is blocked, as well as people's actions.

For example, today is Sunday; I planned to walk around
in public but was blocked by state security at the entrance."

Although the Chinese authorities have been attempting
to block the Internet, the full length video
of Michelle Obama's speech with Chinese translation
can still be found.

Chinese activist Wang Defang: "Although the control
is very harsh, the CCP still feels powerless because
they can't block everything under the technological
revolution."

According to her schedule, on March 23, Michelle Obama
will host a round-table discussion on education in Beijing.

The last day of her trip is March 26; she will dine
at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu.

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