IOC Concedes Chinese Censorship of the Internet During Games

‘I can’t tell the Chinese what to do,’ press official says.
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The International Olympic Committee this week acknowledged it made an agreement with China to censor the Internet during the Beijing Games, according to a report in the South China Morning Post carried by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

The ABU account is here. It quotes the chairman of the IOC press commission saying “I am disappointed the access is not wider. But I can’t tell the Chinese what to do. You are dealing with a communist country that has censorship. You are getting what they say you can have.”

A spokesman for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games refused to say whether e-mails that foreign journalists send from the press center and other Games venues would be monitored, according to the account.


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