Pressesjef for Den internasjonale olympiske komité, IOC, innrømmer at det ikke er tilfeldig at kinesiske myndigheter blokkerer bestemte nettsteder – også for internasjonale journalister. «Noen» IOC-representanter har inngått en avtale med kineserne om at det er OK. Denne opplysningen kom pressesjef Kevan Gosper med idag.
Kineserne mener at utenlandske journalister ikke trenger å lese om Amnestys rapporter om Kina, eller Falun Gong, for å dekke OL. Men de vet selvsagt at hvis noe skjer, feks. i Tibet, så vil de samme journalistene som dekker sport, gå over til å dekke politikk. At IOC er villig til å kompromisse om pressefriheten bak ryggen på verdensopinionen, er spesielt.
«I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time,» IOC press chief Kevan Gosper said, referring to Beijing’s Olympic organizers.
«I also now understand that some IOC officials negotiated with the Chinese that some sensitive sites would be blocked on the basis they were not considered Games related,» he said.
Attempts at the main press centre to access the website of Amnesty International, which released a report on Monday slamming China for failing to honor its Olympic human rights pledges, continued to prove fruitless by mid-week.
Other websites, including those relating to the banned spiritual group Falun Gong, are also inaccessible.
Beijing organizers said censorship would not stop journalists doing their jobs in reporting the Games.
«We are going to do our best to facilitate the foreign media to do their reporting work through the Internet,» BOCOG spokesman Sun Weide told a news conference.
«I would remind you that Falun Gong is an evil, fake religion which has been banned by the Chinese government.»
Reporters without Borders, a Paris-based media watchdog, said it was increasingly concerned that there would be many cases of censorship during the Olympics.