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2008 Olympics: The IOC is not getting involved in the Tibet Crisis

April 4, 2008

Idealo Product News, UK
03.04.2008

The International Olympic Committee doesn’t intend to get involved in
the political conflict between China and the Tibetan region, according
to the Xinhua news agency in Beijing. Despite the increased public
pressure and the warnings from human rights organisations like Amnesty
International, those responsible would like to steer attention back to
the actual Olympic games. IOC coordinator Hein Verbruggen was quoted at
a meeting of Beijing organisers as saying the games in Beijing have been
recently drawn into questions, which are not necessarily connected to
games themselves.

Now tt’s important to concentrate on successfully preparing the Olympic
competition in the middle of the political unrest. According to the
accounts of the IOC vice president, Kevin Gosper, who is responsible for
journalistic work, the internet will be “open and freely accessible” for
all journalists during the games. Gosper repeated these statements again
yesterday to the sport information service. According to the Chinese
foreign ministry, the internet blockades in China will only be directed
against material illegal in China. This is normal in other countries too.

The TV coverage will also be broadcasted to a live television audience.
Normally, in China live coverage is delayed by nearly a minute for
censoring reasons. This will not be the case at the Olympic games. “The
TV signal will be live”, says Gosper. The 2008 summer games will take
place from August 8th to 24th in Beijing.

by Steven in Entertainment
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