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Chinese Regime Delays Olympic Broadcast by Ten Seconds

July 27, 2008

The Epoch Times
July 25, 2008

The Chinese communist regime enhances rigorous supervision over the
broadcast of the competition events in order to prevent unexpected
incidents during the Beijing Olympic Games. According to Ming Pao in
Hong Kong, China's Department of Propaganda of the Chinese Communist
Party Central Committee (CCPCC) has recently ordered all TV stations
in China to delay the live broadcast of the Olympic Games by ten
seconds. A source said that this regulation aims to prevent unwanted
content to be aired to viewers, including political slogans extended
by foreign athletes on sports fields or at victory ceremonies.

According to a Radio Free Asia's report, the Chinese regime has
underscored once again that all organizations and individuals are
forbidden to spread any Olympic events-related videos on the
internet, including personal blogs and forums.

A Ming Pao article reported that last January, at a victory ceremony
of the 6th Winter Asian Games held in Changchun of Jilin Province,
five South Korean female athletes unfolded a slogan all of a sudden,
writing "Mountain Baitou (it is called Mountain Changbai in China) is
our territory." Even though the scene of this incident was not
broadcasted due to the delay of the live coverage, it still caused
Chinese authorities' outrage.

China's Department of Propaganda of the CCPCC has informed all
provincial and lower-level TV stations that the live coverage of
Olympic events should be delayed by 10 seconds, in order to make sure
unwanted scenes, such as protest incidents or a "Free Tibet" banner
which appeared at the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Greece, are
cut away quickly by televisions and not aired to mainland viewers.

A source with Ming Pao also said that all TV stations in China are
required to help enhance the security during the Olympic Games. More
armed police and soldiers will also be assigned to guard Chinese TV
stations. All radio and television stations will also arrange their
communist cadres to live at their workplace and be on duty every day
to prevent the broadcast of the Olympics from being interfered.

Radio Free Asia reported, at a joint press conference of the National
Copyright Administration, Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology, and State Administration of Radio Film and Television on
July 7th, a joint public notice was announced that unauthorized
broadcast of Olympic events and related activities by internet media
is illegal and will be prohibited. The notice underscores that the
right to broadcast the competition and related activities of the
Olympics in the mainland and Macao has been awarded exclusively to
China Central Television (CCTV). Anyone else who is not authorized is
forbidden to broadcast the Olympics.

The Beijing News reported that all video clips and photographs of the
Olympic events taken by individuals are prohibited from being
broadcasted by internet media and mobile platforms. The communist
regime's official Xinhua news agency reported that a video sharing
website in China which broadcasted the Olympics torch relay without
an approval was deemed illegal and warned by the law enforcement department.

Mr. Hongkuan Li, former editor-in-chief of the renowned
pro-democratic Chinese electronic magazine Big News, says that "a ban
like this is hard to be implemented. The internet itself is an open
virtual community. Millions of Chinese and foreign viewers will be
able to upload whatever they see and hear to their personal space on
the internet, which can also be spread to various forums and blogs.
It gets no way be stopped. So it is just an evil rule."
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