On the Eve of Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Disquiet Dominates

Nerves are running high for athletes and organizers on the eve of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The prospect of further boycotts by activists, diplomats, and athletes threatens to spoil organizers’ hopes of a seamless...

Peng Shuai Interview Leaves Much Unanswered

A pro-Beijing Singaporean state-controlled news outlet’s brief interview with Peng Shuai has raised more questions than it answered. A reporter for Lianhe Zaobao pulled Peng aside for an ostensibly unscheduled interview along...

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...

China Must Not Let Its Brief Democratic Light Go Out

From the Independent: There was something rather inappropriate about the timing of yesterday’s solar eclipse, some of the best views of which could be seen in China. There was darkness over the territory of the 2008...

IOC’s Rogge Quiet on Human Rights for Reasons of State

Reuters’ Diane Falconer reports from Paris: International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge cannot speak in detail about human rights in China for diplomatic reasons, he said in an interview on Saturday....

China Says Anti-Dalai Lama Rant Not Politicising Games

From Reuters: China on Thursday shrugged off a warning by the International Olympic Committee not to mix politics with sport, describing anti-Dalai Lama comments during the Tibet torch relay as “striving to...

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...

West Must Curb Protests on China’s Human Rights-Rogge

From Reuters: The West must stop hectoring China over human rights, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said in an interview. “You don’t obtain anything in China with a loud voice,”...



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