There were protests and demonstrations happening in Tibet on March, 2008 which was a few months before Beijing Olympics Games. The tension involved heated political and social issues, also concerned with the violation of human rights that sparked controversy among other nations.
During Tibet unrest, it has been reported that the Chinese authorities have placed heavy restrictions on its media coverage with minimal release of related reports and video footages to the rest of the world. According to The Guardian, the Chinese authorities have prevented foreign correspondents, journalists and relevant personnel to enter to the premises of unrest in Tibet. Internet websites such as YouTube, The Guardian and parts of Yahoo! Portal had been blocked in accessing information and communications to Tibet. Furthermore, Pro-Tibet websites were blocked as well as some of them contained controversial images of Chinese troops aiming shots on protestors in a rural area of Tibet. Sites relating to issues on Tibet government in exile and activist groups could not be accessed by Internet users as well due to the sensitive topics mentioned that could affect China's image in upholding their position. Chinese news press have commented that there were inaccuracies, biased and misinterpreted ideas expressed in foreign articles and videos. For instance, Washington Post published images of baton-wielding Nepalese police clashes with Tibetan protestors in Kathmandu and claimed that the officers were Chinese. A German TV news channel RTL published articles depicting rioters captioned with false comments. This clearly reflects the critical mistakes committed by the foreign media that could initiate misunderstanding among people and countries.
To resolve the issues on biased and inaccurate reporting by foreign media, Chinese authorities relaxed their limits on foreign media coverage and permitted them to conduct reports and footages on the once-restricted regions. In term of local media coverage, Chinese TV channels have showed it openly on the anti-Chinese riots in those troubled areas and the after-consequences to the public. With the relaxation on media coverage, the viewers had a better picture of the series of events occurring in Tibet regions and also resolving their doubts and issues pertaining to it.
China blamed for cyber-terrorism
Jul 29, 2008
Professor John Walker, managing director of forensics consultancy Secure-Bastion, said at the International Crime Science Conference in London last week that the Chinese government was behind the 'Titan Rain' attacks on the US and the UK.
The attacks were identified to have originiated from China servers but no official accusations have been made so far. Professor Walker's claims will add to the paranoia about Chinese hackers attacking visitors and business people travelling to the Beijing Olympics.
Titan Rain is the name given by the US government to a coordinated series of attacks on US computer systems.
It was not till last year that this matter has been taken seriously. In recent times, state-sponsored Chinese groups have been identified for attacking the UK and the US databases and infrastructure. And this could pose a problem of state-sponsored electronic terrorism."No matter how much collaboration you have internationally, if you have a state-sponsored terrorist coming out of China or Russia you are not going to get them," Walker said.
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China to censor journalists' Net access during Olympics
Aug 1, 2008
In the recent Summer Olympics held in Beijing, reporters had trouble with their Internet access, their freedom to post writings were restricted in the sense that any material regarded 'sensitive' by China's ruling hierachy will be censored. In particular, nothing was to be mentioned about the banned Chinese Christian spiritual movement Falungong, as mentioned specifically by Sun.
Foreign reporters at the main Olympics press centre discovered that a broad swathe of other web sites are also blocked, including those belonging to the Tibetan government in exile, ex-patriot political dissidents, Amnesty International, and any showing content about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of young people who were protesting China's government corruption and lack of democracy.
If China can censor what information reaches journalists covering the Olympics, it will also be capable of restricting press reporting transmitted out into the world during the Games.
It appears that a controntation with the Chinese government will be necessary.
China lifts Olympics Internet censorship
Aug 4, 2008
"Censorship of the internet at the Games is compromising fundamental human rights and betraying Olympic values."
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