Journalists See Red Over China's Olympic Internet Censorship

04 August 2008

BEIJING: The Chinese authorities have admitted that journalists reporting on the Beijing Olympics will have their internet access censored, despite previous assurances from the International Olympic Committee that they would be able to “report freely” on the Games.

The sites that reporters from the Olympic Village have been unable to access include those discussing the contested region of Tibet, Taiwanese independence and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, as well as Amnesty International's homepage.

Jacques Rogge, the president of the IOC, had originally stated that the Chinese regime had agreed to provide uncensored online access for foreign journalists during the Games.

However, the IOC later acquiesced to China's desire to retain control over access to online information which it fears could undermine national security, a situation that has long been in place for country's own internet users.

The slogan for this year's Olympiad is ‘One World, One Dream'. Whether ‘One Party' was a deliberate omission has yet to be revealed.

Data sourced from M&M Global; additional content by WARC staff