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IOC Concedes Chinese Censorship of the Internet During Games

‘I can’t tell the Chinese what to do,’ press official says.

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.