IOC Exec Warns China Against Internet Censorship During Olympics –

IOC Exec Warns China Against Internet Censorship During Olympics –

From Staci Kramer at

“With the Beijing Olympics roughly four months away, Kevan Gosper, vice chairman of the IOC coordinating commission, is warning organizers that the internet must be open during the games and that restrictions “would reflect very poorly” on China. AP quotes Gosper about raising the issue during the last official organizing meeting before the Beijing Olympics: “This morning we discussed and insisted again. … Our concern is that the press (should be) able to operate as it has at previous games. … There was some criticism that the Internet closed down during events relating to Tibet in previous weeks.” Gosper added: “I’m satisfied that the Chinese understand the need for this and they will do it.””

I remain optimistic that there will be open access to the critical tools need to enable our Lenovo Olympic Blogger program and that is Google’s Blogger and YouTube platforms, both of which have been particularly problematic from time to time due to the capricious nature of the “connection has been reset” phenomenon known as the Great Firewall. With the IOC permitting athlete blogs during the Games for the first time, there will be a great deal of pressure to maintain an open conduit of internet communications. With the world’s press on the scene as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the world, I don’t see a tightening of access, but a relaxation.

Or at least so I hope. Fallows’ piece in the Atlantic Monthly remains the best FAQ on the situation.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “IOC Exec Warns China Against Internet Censorship During Olympics –”

  1. Will likely be OK in “International” & Olympics complexes, areas, etc… but, for the average Chinese, they will still be blocked. China does distinguish residences by “Int’l” and can control TV & network access as such

  2. October last year I was in Shanghai and was surprised by the number of blocked blogs – as a whole was blocked (given that I host my blog on I’m obviously biased). But more than that – I checked 6 procurement industry blogs and 3 were blocked. See here:

    So I wouldn’t be surprised to find a lot of exasperated bloggers arriving in Beijing and surprised that they simply can’t get to their favourite sites. (Unless they are lucky enough to have a connection that, e.g. goes via Hong Kong thereby bypassing China’s golden shield).

  3. Hey David, This just read this in Sports Business Daily: IOC assuring media that there will not be a delay or censored access to Internet. A censorship issue would be disasterous. I hope the believers in freedom of press are ready to make a big stink if Olympics fall victim to China’s censorship policies.


    The IOC said today that media members at the Beijing Olympics will have “access to uncensored Internet and there will be no delay of the television signal.” China “routinely censors the Internet and delays or censors” TV signals, but IOC Chief Inspector Hein Verbruggen “assured his team” that media covering the games “would not be effected” (REUTERS, 4/3).

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