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How Media Coverage May Affect the Beijing Olympic Games

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How Media Coverage May Affect the Beijing Olympic Games

Last Friday in Beijing , fist-fights broke out as 30,000 people lined up to buy the last of next month's Olympics tickets. Police and soldiers tried to keep journalists from recording the mayhem.

A photojournalist was detained for hours and camerapersons from a Hong Kong TV station were detained as police asked them to delete their footage. Reports suggest the journalists being from Hong Kong caused especially harsh treatment from police.

The Chinese government also continues to block news websites like the BBC's Mandarin site and the Chinese-language, pro-democratic Apple Daily of Hong Kong.

Other clampdowns on media have occurred inside Olympic media centers, despite promises of unrestricted internet access from China Olympic organizers.

Minky Warden is Media Director of Human Rights Watch and Author of the edited volume China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges. Minky, along with the Committee to Protect Journalists, put together the Human Rights Watch media aid entitled Reporters’ Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics.

We've seen a lot of controversy surrounding this year's Olympics with global Olympic Torch protests and the Chinese caving a bit on peacekeepers in Sudan. And Jerome asked Minky if other than a sparse protest in designated protest pens, from this point on, will we only see the pageantry and commercialism of the Beijing Olympic Games…

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