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Yellow press

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The AJ has taken a stand for press freedom, I am told.

Some weeks ago we were invited by the RIBA and the British Council to interview the president of the Architects' Society of China while he was in London on an official trip.We agreed, but were asked to supply questions in advance.We refused.The Chinese delegation somewhat reluctantly agreed to go ahead anyway.

However, with just 15 hours to go, the Chinese entourage changed their minds.The comrade-president disapproved of the UK's free press and had decided he was unprepared to give an unscripted interview.

Perhaps he was worried we might ask about the Buddhist protestors who have maintained a vigil for several years outside the RIBA and opposite the Chinese embassy, complaining about the persecution of their religion.

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