Put Olympic pressure on China to free jailed journalists


Reporters without Borders is pressuring the International Olympic Committee, meeting in Guatemala later this week, to force China to adhere to the promises that it made in 2001 regarding treatment of dissidents. A letter from the international journalists’ group says:


“it is not too late to get the Chinese organizers, who are for the most part also senior political officials, to release prisoners of conscience, reform repressive laws and end censorship”

It is not easy to find any contact information for the International Olympic Committee. I did find a regular mail address for Jaques Rogge, the Belgian aristocrat who is chairman of that body:


Mr. Jacques Rogge
International Olympic Committee
Château de Vidy
1007 Lausanne

I got that address here from the web site of Olympic Watch, a group established to “monitor the human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games.”


In looking around for images I found an informative display of news photos from the 1989 Tienanmen Square protests assembled by Cyrptome CN, a New York group that “publishes information, documents and opinions banned by the People’s Republic of China.”