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PARIS CONFERENCE ON PRESS CONDITIONS DURING BEIJING OLYMPICS

Are you a journalist planning on covering this summer's Olympic Games but don't know how freely you'll be able to do your job? Find out at an international conference in Paris next month, organised by a coalition of IFEX members and other press freedom groups.

"Beijing Olympics 2008: Winning Press Freedom", taking place on 18 and 19 April, will provide expert insight on the methods that China uses to control the media and what press conditions journalists will encounter while they're there.

Sessions will explore these issues, and others, such as "China's Internet: What freedom/What limits?" "Trading with China: What risks, responsibilities, opportunities?" and "How does China deal with foreign news media?"

Speakers include Olympic authorities, Chinese and foreign news media and human rights defenders. Don't miss recently freed Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong journalist convicted of spying against China, and Gao Yu, a freelance Chinese journalist and laureate of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) Golden Pen of Freedom and the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize, speaking about how China controls the press.

Sports writers and other journalists interested in China, especially if they intend to cover this summer's Games are invited to register for the free conference, which will be held at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris.

The conference is organised by a coalition of press freedom groups, including IFEX members WAN, the World Press Freedom Committee, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists, as well as Human Rights in China and Asia Presse.

Check out the evolving conference programme at: http://www.beijing2008conference.com/home.php

(18 March 2008)

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