Press Freedom Group Protests in Beijing – Christopher Bodeen
From Associated Press via Seattlepi.com:
Police detained journalists at a rare protest Monday in Beijing, staged by a free-press advocacy group that accuses the government of failing to meet promises for greater media freedom one year ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games .
The detentions, which came during a visit to China by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge , followed the unfurling of posters depicting the Olympic rings made from handcuffs members of Reporters Without Borders on a pedestrian bridge outside the headquarters of the Beijing Olympics planning committee. The Paris-based group said China continues to restrict press freedoms and lock up journalists, political dissidents and activists who publish on the Internet – despite pledges to liberalize made when bidding to stage the games. [Full Text]