Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Media Freedom Under Assault Ahead of 2008 Olympics

Harassment of Journalists, Censorship Still Prevalent Despite Official Pledges

Human Rights Watch: 31 May, 2007- ...“Not only is China violating freedom of expression, but it is also engaging in invidious discrimination against its own nationals,” said Richardson.

Both rights are guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to which China is bound as a member of the United Nations, as well as the International Covenant on Cultural and Political Rights, which China has signed but not yet ratified.

China’s long-planned 2008 Beijing Olympics ‘coming-out party’ can easily become a public relations disaster if the government persists in failing to honor its obligations to media freedom,” said Richardson. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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