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04 Aug 2008
IOC News , Beijing 2008

IOC STATEMENT - Internet Access for Accredited Media during the Olympic Games

As you are all aware, there has been a heated debate over what can and should be expected regarding internet access for accredited media for Beijing Olympic Games coverage.

I understand your concerns and confusion.  

Let me be clear: we require that the media have the fullest access possible to report on the Olympic Games. There has been no deal whatsoever to accept “restrictions”.  

Our requirements are the same from host city to host city, and have remained unchanged since the IOC entered into the Host City Contract with Beijing in 2001. 

That is the extent of our remit in this area.  

Today, accredited media are able to access the BBC’s Mandarin site, Wikipedia, and various NGO and pressure group web sites from the Main Press Centre in Beijing and other Olympic venues across China.  

This is unprecedented. 

When Beijing was awarded the Games, the IOC required it provide media with the fullest access possible to report on the Olympic Games. BOCOG has said it will deliver this.  

1. Refer to the Olympic Charter, Rule 49.1: “The IOC takes all necessary steps in order to ensure the fullest coverage by the different media and the widest possible audience in the world for the Olympic Games.”
2. Refer to BOCOG publication ‘Beijing 2008 – Service Guide for Foreign Media Coverage’ published January 2008: “XVIII. Internet Access Policy – During the Olympic Games, foreign journalists will be provided with convenient internet access in order to help them report the Games successfully.”

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