A battlefield whiff is already in the air before the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games…
There’s a big dose of fear in there, too, to match China’s rightly deserved confidence that the Games (the sporting part, that is) will go well. China is getting nervous about what it sees as “intensifying negative publicity.” So it has done what comes natural: tighten the muzzle on the domestic press.
The South China Morning Post reports this morning that officials from the Central Publicity Department (the former propaganda bureau) ordered Chinese journalists last week to begin steering clear of any Olympics stories that would cast the nation in a bad light.
See also AP’s article: China Tracks Summer Olympics Journalists
And San Francisco Chronicle’s Olympic Journalists Under A Microscope