Saturday, March 22, 2008

here's a novel idea: boycott

China may ban live broadcasts during Games



Associated Press, updated 7:13 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 21, 2008


BEIJING - China might bar live television broadcasts from Tiananmen Square during the Beijing Olympics, apparently unnerved by the recent outburst of unrest among Tibetans and fearful of protests in the heart of the Chinese capital.

A ban on live broadcasts would disrupt the plans of NBC and other major international networks, who have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to broadcast the Aug. 8-24 games and are counting on eye-pleasing live shots from the iconic square.


The rethinking of Beijing's earlier promise to broadcasters comes as the government has poured troops into Tibetan areas wracked by anti-government protests this month and stepped up security in cities, airports and entertainment venues far from the unrest.

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1 comment:

j said...

Great idea. Agreed. Perhaps the IOC should have considered perhaps not having Olympics in nations with political unrest and gross human rights violations.

Hrrrm.

And with that theory, they probably shouldn't choose the US anytime soon, either.