business and technology reporter suspended for two weeks without pay

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San Francisco Chronicle business and technology reporter Henry Norr has been suspended for two weeks without pay after having been arrested in an anti-war protest in downtown San Francisco, the Mercury News reports.

The suspension is mired in controversy, because Norr&#8217;s employers claim he was disciplined not for the protest arrest, but for time card misrepresentations &#8230; [He asked for sick leave. Read his reasons for doing so <a href="" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', '', 'here']);" >here</a> (must scroll down).]

&#8230;Nothing in Norr&#8217;s duties for the Chronicle involved reporting on the war in Iraq, as far as we can tell, and even if that were the case, punishing him at work for expressing a political view on what he thought was his own time is a dangerous way to proceed in a democracy. We think the Chronicle should reconsider.