Wednesday, July 30, 2008

China to Censor Internet for Foreign Media

China will censor the Internet used by foreign media during the Olympics, an organising committee official confirmed Wednesday, reversing a pledge to offer complete media freedom at the Games.

"During the Olympic Games we will provide sufficient access to the Internet for reporters," said Sun Weide, spokesman for the organising committee.

He confirmed, however, that journalists would not be able to access information or websites connected to the Falungong spiritual movement which is banned in China.

Other sites were also unavailable to journalists, he said, without specifying which ones.

This does not surprise me. China wants to limit all negative or questional media leaving the country during the Games. I do expect some censored media reports will slip out ,as journalists, bloggers, and the such have ways of getting around firewalls.

"Censorship in any form is the enemy of creativity, since it cuts off the life blood of creativity: ideas." - Allan Jenkins

4 comments:

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

China couldn't care less about how we feel about them.
They do as they want to and no one is going to stop them. And they know it.

nunoftheabove said...

I think I would be surprised if they hadn't limited the access to reporters.

Transparency is not a valued asset within the Chi-Coms.

Once the games are over and everybody gets home, that is when the reporting will be interesting.

Texas Truth said...

DD2 aka Debonair Dude: Exactly. They will do whatever they want for as long as they want.

Texas Truth said...

nunoftheabove: Much will come out after the Games are over or reporters have left Beijing.