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Defiant China hits out at US, stands firm on Internet

May 18, 2018
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A defiant China stood firm on controversies swirling around the Olympics on Thursday, hitting back at the United States over human rights criticism and insisting Internet censorship would remain. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 31 July, 2008)
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China’s web ‘firewall’ partially unblocked for Olympics – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 1 August, 2008)
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China plunged into another Olympic controversy on Wednesday as it announced that the thousands of foreign reporters covering the Games would have to endure Internet censorship. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 30 July, 2008)
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The Beijing Olympics were plunged into another controversy on Wednesday as China announced a backflip on Internet freedoms for the thousands of foreign reporters covering the Games. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 31 July, 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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In a reversal of previous statements, the International Olympic Committee said it had never agreed to allow China to limit Internet access to foreign journalists during the Games. (New York Times — 1 August, 2008)
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BEIJING, July 30 — The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese government acknowledged Wednesday that reporters covering the Olympics will be blocked from accessing Internet sites that Chinese authorities consider politically sensitive.

(Washington Post — 31 July, 2008)
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The International Olympic Committee reportedly agreed to some limitations demanded by the Chinese government. (New York Times — 31 July, 2008)
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Increased censorship – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 31 July, 2008)
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The White House is intensifying its effort to put pressure on Beijing on the issue of human rights, before President Bush travels there in a little over a week for the summer Olympic Games. (New York Times — 30 July, 2008)
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