Monday, August 4, 2008

China Reopens Website Under Pressure From IOC

Journalists in China covering the Olympics were surprised to see the BBC's web site shut down by Chinese censors. Shocking! Improper! Highly irregular, Jeeves! How in the world would journalists find out the latest updates on cricket matches? And more importantly, why would the Chinese government be afraid of the BBC? They are clearly afraid rice farmers will start drinking afternoon tea: the gateway drug to bourgeois feelings of superiority. How disturbingly subversive!

Censors had also blocked Amnesty International's site, the site of Reporters Without Borders (a group opposed to China serving as Olympic host), and (gasp...) Wikipedia!

IOC leaders met with Chinese officials and got the BBC back online. Jacques Rogge explained that he was idealistic in assuming that China would keep its end of the bargain by granting journalists full access to information.

Now if they can just get Wikipedia back up, the journalists will be able to go ahead with their source checking...

A final thought, I wonder if I could get this site banned in China during the Olympics? That would truly be an honor.

Full story in Le Monde.

3 comments:

scott said...

Read the article in this week's Economist on how giving the Olympics to China has caused more repression and destruction than with them.

Also: on p. 16, there is an article the makes a convincing case for doping--basically my argument but with more facts and flair. It's pretty convincing.

scott said...

I meant to say "without"--the hazards of talking on Skype while typing!

Corry Cropper said...

I'll check it out...