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Foggy Bottom’s advisory neighborhood commission may have a say in some of downtown’s most vexatious development disputes, but it learned last week that it can’t suppress free speech. Commissioners that Wednesday night were annoyed by the presence of a photographer from the pesky George Washington University Hatchet, a publication that occasionally lampoons local busybodies. “That flash is very distracting,” said the panel’s chair, Elizabeth Elliott. Irked that the photographer hadn’t requested prior permission to attend an open meeting, Elliott declared, “According to standing rules, we’ll have to vote on it [whether to allow the photographer to remain].” Those standing rules took a seat, when the exasperated photographer, Joe Gidjunis, responded, “This is a public meeting. I have a right to be here.” —Christina Larson