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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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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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China lifts some Internet curbs for Olympic press
China lifts some Internet curbs for Olympic press

Olympic organizers unblocked some Internet sites at the main press center and media venues Friday while others remained off limits for journalists covering the Beijing games. – (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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The Chinese authorities, bowing to criticism, lifted some of the restrictions, but other politically sensitive sites remained inaccessible. (New York Times — 1 August, 2008)
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An Olympic official said Thursday he felt like the “fall guy” after promising reporters at the games they would have uncensored Internet access. (MSNBC — 1 August, 2008)
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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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Less than a week before the Olympics, human rights groups are venting their anger over China’s handling of the Games with the International Olympic Committee, which they say has only halfheartedly followed up on key cases of concern.

(Washington Post — 1 hour ago)
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Media censorship, chronic air pollution, doping — IOC president Jacques Rogge and top Olympic officials meeting this weekend have a lot to discuss in their final review before the� Games. (MSNBC — 1 August, 2008)
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