China must allow free reporting in Beijing
Friday, March 21, 2008 | 04:26 PM ET
I don't believe politics and the Olympics are a good mix. This past week, with the events in Tibet, there are some that are starting to use the word "boycott."
I'm not going to use this column to express my views about what the Chinese are doing in Tibet. I'll leave that to others who are more educated on the situation.
However, I think boycotts only hurt the athletes who have trained their whole careers, and a boycott ends up having little political impact.
But I wrote yesterday that these Olympics are China's "coming out party." Whether you agree with the IOC's awarding the games to China or not, this should be their opportunity to put a more open face to the world.
Right now, I'm worried about how they are going to do that.
There's a report from the Associated Press today that the Chinese government is not going to allow international networks to do live coverage during the Games from Tiananmen Square. If this is true, it is something we at the CBC, and our colleagues from other networks around the world, need to be very concerned about. And we need to be vocal in our opposition to this and any other proposed restrictions on our ability to tell whatever stories happen during the Games.
The international media have been promised free access in China for our reporters during the Games. As a responsible Canadian network, we owe that standard of reporting to our viewers.
It will be our position that when China agreed to stage the Games, they agreed to allow standard Olympic reporting. They need to live up to that. As an international rights holder, we need to keep their feet to the fire to ensure that they keep that promise.
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Scott Moore is Executive Director of CBC Sports.
Prior to coming to CBC in 2007, Mr. Moore held various senior positions at CTV, TSN and Sportsnet.
As a producer, his credits include seven Olympic Games, Stanley Cups, Grey Cups, world junior championships, figure skating and auto racing, as well as various news and entertainment specials.
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