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China on Friday rolled back a few high-profile planks of its Internet censorship system in an apparent effort to defuse an embarrassing dispute over media freedom just days ahead of the Olympics. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 2 August, 2008)
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The Chinese Communist Party has bowed to international condemnationof its media censorship and allowed access to websites itpreviously blocked. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 2 August, 2008)
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China drops some Internet curbs ahead of Games
China drops some Internet curbs ahead of Games

China on Friday allowed media at the Olympic press centre to access Amnesty International’s website and a small number of previously censored sites, but a wide array of others remained blocked. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 1 August, 2008)
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IOC president Jacques Rogge was accused of backtracking on promises of press freedoms Saturday and some Internet sites remained blocked in China less than a week before the Beijing Olympics begin. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 3 August, 2008)
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China’s vow to open up its country to the world in tatters afterinternet access lockdown. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 12 hours ago)
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A handful of sites were opened to reporters on Friday and a working group is now examining other sites, one by one, to determine if other sites should be available. (New York Times — 2 August, 2008)
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BEIJING — Three state-of-the-art Olympic media centers in Beijing have been equipped with rows of brand-new computers. Thousands of English-speaking volunteers stand at the ready, trained to offer Internet access with a smile.

(Washington Post — 5 August, 2008)
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Message to Beijing drug cheats – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 2 August, 2008)
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