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IFJ report on press freedom in China highlights "significant shortcomings"

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:

IFJ Releases Report on Press Freedom in China
"China's Olympic Challenge: Press Freedom in 2008"

A new IFJ report on press freedom in China during the year of the Olympic Games highlights significant shortcomings. The report, China's Olympic Challenge: Press Freedom in 2008, is the result of a 12-month press freedom monitoring project coordinated by IFJ Asia-Pacific from Sydney and Hong Kong. It examines the major problems faced by foreign and local journalists reporting in China during 2008. The information in the report was contributed by a wide range of people, including contributors from mainland China and outside the country. That many contributors must remain anonymous for fear of reprisals highlights the reality of media freedom in China.

The report can be viewed in full in English, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese at the IFJ Asia-Pacific website at

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