Beijing, July 31, 2008
To Jacques Rogge
President, International Olympic Committee
Dear President Rogge
The Foreign Correspondents Club of China is deeply concerned by a July 30 report that International Olympic Committee officials accepted the blocking of sensitive websites during negotiations with Chinese authorities.
If such an agreement was made, the IOC should publicly disclose the content, when it was made and by whom. Our members would also like to know why the IOC continued to publicly maintain up until this week that there would be no internet censorship during the Olympics.
The IOC charter calls for respect of universal fundamental ethical principles. The IOC is at grave risk of discrediting the Olympic movement if it fails to hold the Chinese government to its promises for a free media and access to the internet, and undercuts them with secret deals.
We hope the IOC will clarify what happened and why, before the 2008 Beijing Olympics open on August 8.