Beijing’s Forgotten Promises

From Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s Update: BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008:

Numerous press reports over the last two days have described limits China has placed on Internet access at Olympic press facilities. Blocking of web sites by Chinese authorities
has affected large numbers of foreign reporters arriving in Beijing to cover the Olympic
Summer Games, which begin next Friday, August 8….As a resource to CECC Members and others following this issue, the CECC has compiled the attached hyperlinked list of select official statements and background material related to this issue. One document that may be highly relevant, but that China has not made public, is Beijing’s Host City Contract.

“There will be no restrictions on journalists in reporting on the Olympic Games.”
Beijing’s Bid Documents (2000)

“It was confirmed to the Commission that there will be no restrictions on media reporting
and movement of journalists up to and including the Olympic Games.”
Report of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission for the
Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 (2001)

“I think we will give the media complete freedom to report when they come to China.”
Wang Wei, Secretary General of the Beijing Olympic Games Bid Committee (2001)


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