31 Jul 2008

IOC Press Chief Says He Wasn't Told of Censorship

4:20 pm on 31 July 2008

The International Olympic Committee press chief Kevin Gosper admits the IOC hasn't been completely honest with the world media over internet censorship regulations.

Gosper says he's been taken by surprise that some sensitive websites have been blocked despite assurances from Beijing organisers they would work normally during the Games.

Gosper says he wasn't told that some IOC officials had held discussions with local organisers over the blocking of websites not directly connected to the Games.

Embarrassingly Gosper is chairman of the IOC's press commission and vice-chairman of the Beijing co-ordination commission - and despite involvement in countless meetings about press operations for the Games, he was unaware of the censorship issue.