4 Aug 2008

IOC won't apologise over Internet

12:08 pm on 4 August 2008

Olympic chief Jacques Rogge says he did not agree to internet restrictions on foreign media in Beijing, describing the situation as "not good" just six days before the start of the Games.

But the International Olympic Committee president has stopped short of offering an apology despite the flood of criticism after China backtracked on internet freedoms for the visiting press.

Rogge says he isn't going to make an apology for something that the IOC is not responsible for because it's not running the internet in China.

Beijing has since unblocked a number of sites including that of Amnesty International, but many remain inaccessible, bringing more unwanted bad publicity for Games organisers and the Chinese government.