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Rupert Murdoch heckled at education forum in San Francisco, U.S.

English.news.cn   2011-10-15 06:33:52 FeedbackPrintRSS

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement on Friday heckled News Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch during his keynote address at an education forum in San Francisco,a city in the western U.S. state of California.

According to a video clip posted on YouTube, Murdoch was repeatedly interrupted during the speech by protesters chanting slogans like "Equality in education, not privatization."

Local media reported that six activists, some of whom dressed as Sesame Street characters, were pushed out of the meeting room and no arrests have been made.

Outside the conference, around two dozen protesters held signs and shouted "Occupy Wall Street! Occupy Sesame Street!"

Murdoch delivered the keynote about how technology could help transform the public education system in the United States. The two-day U.S. National Summit on Education Reform is sponsored by an education group chaired by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Thursday afternoon, dozens of teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined by demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement, protested outside the education conference, accusing the media mogul and other corporate leaders of trying to profit from public education reforms.

Last year, News Corp. acquired Wireless Generation, a company that provides software and services to schools from kindergarten to high schools. Late August, the New York State controller rejected a controversial 27-million-U.S. dollar contract with the News Corp. affiliate due to the phone-hacking scandal involving the media group's British newspapers.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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