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Monday, 14 August 2006

Free Press For The Beijing Olympics 2008

The Chinese have announced that China will guarantee the freedom of foreign journalists to cover news in China during the games.

Jiang Xiaoyu, Executive Vice-President of the Beijing Olympic Committee, said that Beijing has:

"..made a solemn promise to provide the service necessary for the media during the Olympic Games.

If there is any conflict between the Chinese media rules and those of international practice, China will follow the International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines as well as the established norms of international practice

Liu Qi, President of the Beijing Olympics Organising Committee, last September also made a similar undertaking.

Jiang stated that all foreign journalists, not just those who are accredited by the IOC, will enjoy free access to news coverage during the Olympic Games.

However, he noted that foreign journalists need to abide by Chinese rules and understand the "national conditions" of China.

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