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IOC: Tell China to Let Media into Tibet

June 13, 2008

US Tibet Committee
JUne 11. 2008

Dear Members:

Take action now to urge the International Olympic Committee to stand
up for media freedom in Tibet!

The International Olympic Committee is pushing ahead with plans to
parade the Olympic torch through Tibet this month, in areas that are
under military lockdown after a popular uprising swept through Tibet in March.

Tibetans and Tibet advocates have been warning for weeks that sending
the torch through Tibet is contributing to increased repression
already and will result in bloodshed if any Tibetans dare to protest
during the torch visit. But the IOC refuses to change the route of
the torch no matter what the cost.

Not only is the IOC insisting that the torch has to go through Tibet,
but they have done nothing to ensure that the Chinese government
lives up to its promises to the IOC about media freedom. IOC
representatives are proud of the deal they have brokered on media
freedom in the lead up to and during the Games in August. But they'd
rather not talk about the fact that independent journalists were
kicked out of Tibetan areas in late March in defiance of China's own
media regulations, and haven't been allowed in since.

If the IOC refuses to stand up for media freedom in Tibet in
accordance with its own commitments and China's own laws, what are
they afraid reporters will find there?

Ask Kevan Gosper, the head of the IOC's Press Commission, to keep his
promises and ensure that the Chinese government allows full media
access to Tibet now...before it's too late. Take action at
http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/Tibet_access

IOC: Tell China to Let Media into Tibet

The International Olympic Committee is pushing ahead with plans to
parade the Olympic torch through Tibet this month, in areas that are
under military lockdown after a popular uprising swept through Tibet in March.

Tibetans and Tibet advocates have been warning for weeks that sending
the torch through Tibet is contributing to increased repression
already and will result in bloodshed if any Tibetans dare to protest
during the torch visit. But the IOC refuses to change the route of
the torch no matter what the cost.

Not only is the IOC insisting that the torch has to go through Tibet,
but they have done nothing to ensure that the Chinese government
lives up to its promises to the IOC about media freedom.

IOC representatives are proud of the deal they have brokered on media
freedom in the lead up to and during the Games in August. But they'd
rather not talk about the fact that independent journalists were
kicked out of Tibetan areas in late March in defiance of China's own
media regulations, and haven't been allowed in since.

If the IOC refuses to stand up for media freedom in Tibet in
accordance with its own commitments and China's own laws, what are
they afraid reporters will find there?

Ask Kevan Gosper, the head of the IOC's Press Commission, to keep his
promises and ensure that the Chinese government allows full media
access to Tibet now...before it's too late.
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