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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 web ‘firewall’ partially unblocked for Olympics – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane 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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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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An Olympic official said Thursday he felt like the “fall guy” after promising reporters at the games they would have uncensored Internet access, only to find that the Chinese had blocked certain Web sites. (CNN — 1 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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IOC president applauds organization of Summer Games, says there was no deal with Chinese government to restrict journalists’ Internet access. (CNET News.com — 3 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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Former IOC vice-president Dick Pound slammed the IOC on Tuesday for the way censorship of Internet sites by Chinese authorities had been handled ahead of the Olympic Games, claiming it had done considerable damage to the organisation. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 12 hours ago)
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(CNET News.com — 1 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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