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The Chinese government denies foreign journalist database
The Minister for Foreign Affairs versus the Communications Minister, who had confirmed the database with a profile of over 30 thousand foreign journalists. Another chapter in the battle between the positive image of China ahead of the Olympics and its reality.
Beijing, partial u-turn on internet censorship
As of yesterday some sites are accessible. Among these the BBC, Wikipedia and Amnesty International. But the liberalisation is valid only for the Olympic village and its press centre. The foreign press association demands transparency from the International Olympics Committee, accused of connivance with Chinese censors. Hu Jintao: Do not politicise the Olympics.
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Human rights abuse "could impede Olympic games"
This was declared by John Kamm, executive director of the Dui Hua Foundation. He warned: "China's image in the eyes of the world has deteriorated badly: it hasn't been so bad since Tiananmen".
World leaders welcomed to Beijing. Silence on human rights and terrorist threats
Hu Jintao greets 80 international political figures. Press and TV do not mention the threat of attacks, but residents are afraid to leave their homes. The local population is absent from celebrations. Dissidents, protestant pastor, bishops under surveillance. Jacques Rogge gives his “blessing” to Beijing’s “good” air.
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