IOC: No Chinese Internet Filters During Olympics; All Other Times It's Fine

from the why-just-for-the-olympics? dept

Back in February, a New Yorker story claimed that China was planning to disable its "Great Firewall" for the Olympics, so it may not mean very much to hear that the International Olympic Committee is now demanding that China do exactly that. If the Chinese government was already planning on opening up the internet, it's pretty weak to then demand it anyway. Besides, there does seem to be something rather sketchy about the IOC demanding China drop the firewall just for the Olympics, saying it "would reflect very poorly" on the country. Does it not "would reflect very poorly" on China during the rest of the time as well? It's a cheap ploy for the IOC to demand the filters be taken down just for that period of time. It gives the IOC publicity as standing up to censorship, even though it doesn't care what happens when the Olympics aren't in town.

Filed Under: china, filters, great firewall, ioc, olympics


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  1. identicon
    Mark, 1 Apr 2008 @ 12:33pm

    The IOC

    Remember, we're talking about the IOC here -- the same organization that brought the Olympics to Berlin when Hitler was in charge of that country, the same organization that brought the Olympics to Moscow while that country was still ruled by a Communist dictatorship (as opposed to the post-Communist dictatorship it enjoys now). The IOC has a long, long history of looking the other way where repression is concerned, all under the guise of pretending that athletics is above mere politics.

    Oh, by the way, this comment: "Also, if people in China really cared about the censorship, they would move" is possibly the studidest thing I've ever heard. Good work, sir!

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