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China and the Beijing Olympics


Way back in 2001 when China was bidding for the 2008 Olympics, the "Communiqué", quoted Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which said that "there are enough democratic countries to avoid giving one of the last and most violent dictatorships in the world the privilege of organising the most prestigious sport event."

But China won out and sadly, RSF was proven right. On the eve of the Games, more than 100 local journalists and bloggers were in jail, foreign journalists couldn't get access to Tibet, and censorship prevailed, online and elsewhere. The "Communiqué" laid out what you could do to add your voice to the protests.

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