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Repression and a Gutless IOC

This is Financial Times’ Editorial: China has also broken its promise to allow “complete freedom” to the media. No one expected the domestic media suddenly to be unshackled for the Olympics – the heated debate in China...

IOC: China Should Not Prevent Media from Reporting

AP reports on a press conference by the IOC and the Beijing Organizing Committee: IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said journalists should not be prevented from doing their jobs, a day after John Ray of London-based ITV News said...

Why China Has the Torch

A New York Times article discusses the political reasons behind the International Olympic Committee’s decision to award China the Olympic Games, and why it still defends the choice. Perhaps the most commonly known reason...

IOC: Some Progress On TV Coverage After Meeting

From AP: International Olympic Committee officials say they have made progress resolving complaints about Chinese security measures which threaten TV coverage of the Beijing Games for billions of viewers. “There has been...

Chinese Urged to Boycott French Goods

Chinese patriotism was ignited against famous brands online again and this time the targets are born-in-France brands. From Financial Times: Chinese consumers have been urged to boycott French goods in response to the raucous...

IOC Warns China Over Web Access

From BBC News: China must ensure open access to the internet during the Beijing Games, Olympic officials have warned. Inspectors from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said China was obliged under its Games contract to...

Human Rights, and Wrongs

Sports columnist Sally Jenkins writes on laughs at arguments that the Olympics are apolitical inthe Washington Post: International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge spoke yesterday, and, as usual, he didn’t say...

Film Directors Defend Beijing Roles

Following Steven Spielberg’s withdrawal from the Olympics over the Darfur issue, a number of other international celebrities involved with planning for the Games have spoken out to defend their roles. From The Guardian:...

The Silent Partner

In Sports Illustrated (which has a licensing agreement with the IOC for the Olympics), S.L. Price takes the IOC to task for failing to live up to its promises to promote human rights in China: It is six months before the start...

Beijing Athletes Allowed to Blog

From BBC News: The International Olympic Committee is for the first time permitting athletes to write blogs. The IOC has set out guidelines for blogging at the Beijing Games to ensure copyright agreements are not infringed. They...

Olympics Accused Over Curbs On Press

From Sky News : The International Olympic Committee has been accused of breaking a promise to push China for greater media freedom ahead of the Beijing Games. China is the “world’s leading jailer of...

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