Posted by: manchucka | July 30, 2008

International Olympic Committee admits Internet censorship deal with China

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has admitted that the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) will indeed censor the internet during the upcoming Olympics.

Says IOC press chief Kevan Gosper:

“I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time.”

In related news, there is no need for direct access to information, according to the CCP Central Committee’s limb, the People’s Daily:

“The Games will definitely act as a window through which people staying at home and coming from outside can exchange glances in a free and friendly manner. There is no need to peep into each other’s realms, as the new window encourages people from different backgrounds to meet halfway through direct communications.”


It is evident that any mature host would like to open itself to criticism from its guests, and any constructive criticism would only help the host improve. It is also well-documented in Olympic history that any din or noise, loud as it is, has no reason to disrupt the Games, as the Olympic spirit will eventually survive and foil any fault-finding attempts. That is why the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee has decided to initiate communication by granting freedom to the media.

In summary:

  • 0*½=
  • shut up you!


China’s openness to foreign media would remain after Games.” The subjunctive begs the question: This openness would remain if what?

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