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China to censor Internet during Games: official

Original post made by julie, Midtown, on Jul 29, 2008



China will censor the Internet used by foreign media during the Olympics, an organising committee official confirmed Wednesday, reversing a pledge to offer complete media freedom at the games. Web Link

It is like the 1936 games in Berlin all over againWeb Link

Who will be the Leni Riefenstahl this time?

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Posted by ng
a resident of Hoover School
on Jul 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm



Amnesty said that journalists working from Beijing's Olympic press center were unable to access the group's website, as well as those of the BBC, Germany's Deutsche Welle, Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, and Taiwan newspaper Liberty Times.

"This flies in the face of official Chinese promises to ensure 'complete media freedom' for the Games," said Allison.

Such tactics raised concerns that officials would seek to block broadcasts of anything deemed sensitive or inappropriate, despite public commitments by organizers not to cut coverage.

I think I will watch this on TV from here


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Posted by paul h
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm


I just opened a Coke can which had Chinese Olympic messages on it. I have no intention of watching any of it and I predict most people feel the same way.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 29, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Screw the Chinese government! (and feel sorry for the Chinese people who have to tolerate their Neanderthal rulers)

I will boycott the broadcast, and urge my friends to do so. The sponsors who "bring us the Olympics" are the ones who enable this kind of garbage. Boycott them, too.


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Posted by ng
a resident of Hoover School
on Jul 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) on Tuesday alleged that China is preparing a spy attack on visitors of the Olympic Games, which will begin in less than two weeks.

Brownback told reporters that China has "carefully plotted to take advantage of the situation of having thousands of foreign visitors on its soil" and "set up a system to be able to spy and gather information about each and every guest at hotels where Olympic visitors are located."

The senator, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination this year, said those spied on include "journalists, athletes' families, human rights advocates and other visitors."

Brownback stated that his office had been contacted by lawyers for international hotel chains who informed him that the Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) ordered foreign-owned hotels to install Internet monitoring equipment. Brownback provided documents showing that hotels were asked to cooperate with the Chinese government.

"The Chinese government has demanded that these hotels allow the PSB to install software programs and hardware devices on the hotel networks," Brownback said. "These measures are designed to assist the PSB to spy on the Internet activities of guests and record websites visited, searches entered and even keystrokes. The text alludes to harsh punishment for failure to comply with the order, including loss of license to operate a hotel in China."


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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Encrypt before you send. They wont crack encrypted files.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 30, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Why all the shock? Socialism is, by its very nature, restrictive of free expression. Get over it. China is not going to be fundamentally changed by the Olympics. The IOC awarded the games to China, perhaps naively thinking that it could change socialiasm...it cannot.

Now, can we just have two weeks of Olympic games without all the hand wringing and crocodile tears? I will gladly watch the athletes in action, because I have always enjoyed watching great athletes.

Let's not punish the athletes in order to make a point.

Socialism will be defeated by ideological challenge and military defeat (e.g. Reagan). It is a long process, not a quick fix (like boycotting the Olympics). Many people who are shocked that China is restrictive are, themselves, socialists. Look in the mirror, before you sacrifice athletes on the alter of free expression.


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Posted by li
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm



Here is a statement about religious freedom in china

"Beijing organizers said censorship would not stop journalists doing their jobs in reporting the Games.

"We are going to do our best to facilitate the foreign media to do their reporting work through the Internet," BOCOG spokesman Sun Weide told a news conference.

"I would remind you that Falun Gong is an evil, fake religion which has been banned by the Chinese government."


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Can anyone recall in the recent past Olympics a host country pulling something like this? Outrageous. The problems with human rights and lack of freedom of expression in China should be taken seriously, but some people are willing to look the other way.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

"Can anyone recall in the recent past Olympics a host country pulling something like this?"

Sure, Moscow 1980. No Internet back then, but the same socialist control. Carter was wrong to not attend. All he did was punish U.S. athletes, thus ensuring that Soviet athletes would suffer the same fate in 1984 (Los Angeles).

Carter thought he would make a statement against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Sorry, folks, but socialist regimes do NOT repsond to symbolic statements. It took Reagan and stinger missles and SDI to make a non-symbolic statement with teeth.

Why is it so hard for some of you to understand? Athletic competitions, especially the Olympics, should not be held hostage to international hostage taking, either physical or ideological.

The Olympics are a noble attempt to bring the world together via athletic compeition. They are NOT an answer to overriding political/military competition.

Let the games begin! They will then end in a couple of weeks. Then we can get on with the business of defeating socialism.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Still can't quite understand why the Olympic oversight thought Beijing was suitable, on myriad levels. But, since they are happening, don't punish the athletes. Don't care one way or another about political leaders attending or not, it isn't about them, but let the athletes do their thing.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm

"Don't care one way or another about political leaders attending or not, it isn't about them, but let the athletes do their thing."

Resident,

I couldn't agree more. Let the athletes contend. On a rare occasion, like Jesse Owens, a pure athletic perfrmance is stonger than a maximum leader. Even if this does not happen, the athletes should be honored for their supreme efforts.



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Posted by Boycott the Olympic Farce
a resident of Southgate
on Jul 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Resident "Don't care one way or another about political leaders attending or not, it isn't about them,"

The Olympics is ALL about politics, from the Chinese perspective. It's pretty naive to think otherwise.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I'll pass on watching.


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