Beijing to Back Media Freedom During Olympics – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times:

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Beijing chief organizer Liu Qi will back the freedom of media to report “unimpeded” around China during the 2008 , Britain’s Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell said on Tuesday.

Jowell said she had raised the issue of freedom of access for journalists “in the strongest possible terms” in a meeting in the Chinese capital with Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) President Liu.

“I said if China is to maximize the potential benefits of the Games then the freedom of journalists was absolutely fundamental. He gave me a clear assurance that BOCOG would support unimpeded movement of accredited and non-accredited journalists to report not just on the Games, but on China.” [Full Text]

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