31 Jul 2008

IOC admits it agreed to blocked internet sites

6:48 am on 31 July 2008

The IOC has admitted journalists will not get unrestricted access to the internet at the Olympics.

After stating for seven years that there would be free access the chairman of the IOC press commission Kevin Gosper has admitted just nine days before the start of the Olympics that some officials negotiated with the Chineses authorities that some sites would be blocked

He said that China was a communist country that has censorship and the press would be getting what the Chinese say they can have.

Sites blocked include Amnesty International's webpage and the site for the spiritual group Falun Gong, which is banned in China.