» 07/30/2008, 00.00
International Olympic Committee apologizes: we have "misled" the press
Beijing admits that even journalists will be subject to restrictions on the internet. The head of the IOC apologizes over broken promises, and concludes that what China says must be done. Meanwhile, the Japanese team is considering whether to come wearing dust masks.
Two weeks before the games, the Olympic "nightmare" continues for China
Scuffles among the exasperated crowd in line for tickets, and security forces and policemen beating journalists who try to record the scene. In spite of government proclamations, the situation is becoming increasingly chaotic, and repression of the media is on the rise.
Beijing, internet users photographed and profiled
A measure requires internet cafes in the capital to register their users. Government sources say that the intention is to prevent access to the web by minors, but in reality it seems to be a measure to monitor users and the sites they visit. Hopes for greater "post-Olympic" freedom disappointed.
10/07/2008 CHINA - OLYMPICS
Beijing toasts Olympic press centre, tightens censorship
Exactly one month before the games, on Tuesday, July 8, the largest press centre ever created for the games was inaugurated. But the record numbers conceal the government's fears: a reporter from Hong Kong has been denied entry, and there is controversy over "real time" coverage of the events.
20/03/2009 VATICAN - CHINA
Beijing censors part of Vatican website in Chinese
The pope's letter to Chinese Catholics remains inaccessible. But the control is practically useless. Much of the news from blocked Catholic sites - including AsiaNews - is able to pass through the firewall set up by the government.
"Freedoms" granted for Olympics extended for foreign journalists
They can conduct interviews and travel "without prior authorization," although there is no guarantee that scrutiny of them will be relaxed. The permissions were set to expire yesterday. But the provisions do not apply to the Chinese media, and the international press is recalling hundreds of cases of intimidation and threats.
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