Journalists howl in protest over China’s control over sports news

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Liu Xiang holds his leg after suffering an injury at the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday. (Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach/Salon.com)
Liu Xiang holds his leg after suffering an injury at the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday. (Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach/Salon.com)

By Joey Natividad
Special Correspondent

NAGA CITY (BicolToday.com/10-Aug-2012) – Even sports reporting at the London Olympics is being controlled by China’s propaganda machine in relaying sports news to its hundreds of millions Chinese people in the mainland, reports reaching BicolToday.com on Thursday, August 9.

According to International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), media groups in China are concerned about a directive issued by China’s Central Propaganda Department to all national media on August 7, that no negative reporting should be made about Chinese athlete Liu Xiang.

Based on a report from a mainland journalist to the IFJ, the Central Propaganda Department directive states that media are not to report, either “negative or sceptical analysis” about Liu Xiang’s performance at the Olympic Games.

The journalist report further states that journalists had “expected to receive such an order.” “Media are only allowed to republish Xinhua’s articles. We will still write via microblogs, but don’t know how long they will last.”

The Global Times and other media outlets reported this week that Chinese athlete Liu Xiang, a competitor in the 110m Hurdles in the 2012 Olympic Games, suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon which caused him to stumble at the first hurdle during his heat.

Liu was the gold medal winner in 110m Hurdles at the Athens Olympics in 2004. He exited the Beijing Olympics early in 2008, due to injury.

IFJ said the incident is another example of the Central Propaganda Department’s lack of respect for independent media.

IFJ urges Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to lift the restrictive directive which prevents the media from fulfilling its duty to report openly and in the public interest. [BicolToday.com]

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