In the News: China to Censor Some Web Sites During Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials have admitted to allowing China to block sensitive Web sites despite previous promises of unrestricted access during the Olympics. All blocked sites, however, were deemed not to be related to the Games, according to IOC press chief Kevan Gosper. Many of the inaccessible sites include those of human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, as well as banned spiritual and separatist groups. Beijing organizers have promised that the limited censorship will not impede journalists from doing their jobs during the Games. The press-advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has encouraged journalists to conduct phone calls and write e-mails with the assumption that they are being monitored. The group has also provided tips on how to beat the censorship by skirting firewalls and finding independent translators.

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