●China: most blocked internet sites are unbanned during olympics


China lifts ban on Tiananmen sites – Officials heed pressure from Olympic committee…..

Websites on sensitive subjects such as the bloody crackdown on democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 were accessible in the Chinese capital yester-day as the authorities lifted more internet restrictions in order to meet their Olympic Games commitments…..

…. However, Wikipedia’s ‘Chinese democracy movement’ page was inaccessible and websites on banned spiritual movement the Falun Gong, the Tibetan government in exile, the International Campaign for Tibet and Free Tibet remained off limits last night.

Under pressure from IOC officials, the authorities began unblocking sites following an outcry over censorship. While they routinely bar access to sites, they had promised that Olympic reporting would be ‘free and unfettered’……
Tania Branigan in Beijing – The Observer, Sunday August 3 2008


Image by Jeff Widener 5th June 1989(The Associated Press).

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