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Beijing Games 2008 7 August 2008

Reporters Without Borders launches Olympic human rights blog and “cyber-demonstration” outside virtual Olympic stadium

On the eve the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders is today launching a blog about human rights in China during the games and the flip side of the Chinese government’s propaganda.

Called “2008 Games Human Rights News,” the blog will updated daily until the games end on 24 August. It will offer short entries in French and English on the news, initiatives by activists, documents and off-beat developments relating to this world event, which the Chinese government is exploiting for political gain, violating its promises to improve respect for human rights.

This alternative diary of the Olympic Games is also intended to be an extension of Reporters Without Borders’ usual work, offering journalists useful links and documents and allowing them to quickly get an idea of the day’s “other” Olympic news.

The blog can be read in French at http://jeuxolympiques.rsfblog.org and in English at http://olympicgames.rsfblog.org.

Reporters Without Borders is also launching a “Cyber-demonstration,” calling on netizens all over the world to take part in a demonstration outside a virtual version of the Olympic stadium to protest against the lack of free speech in China and to call for the release of political prisoners.

Join the cyber-demonstration in French at http://www.rsfpekin2008.org and in English at http://www.rsfbeijing2008.org.




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