Olympic Censorship Is Awesome

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


The Beijing Olympics are obviously not new to controversy, but this wrinkle is by far the most humorous. China had promised that there would be no Internet censorship during the Games, but you can already throw that out the window. Via MDS at Fanhouse....

Journalists in China to cover the Olympics are unable to conduct the research necessary to do their jobs properly because China is blocking access to web sites that contain information about China's human-rights policies. This violates a promise that China made to give Olympic visitors open access to the Internet.
Well that's no surprise right? Well some of the websites they are blocking are. According to the Rocky Mountain News, none other than Fire Joe Morgan is one of those not accessible to reporters and the like....
Daniel Oshinsky of the Rocky Mountain News reports from Beijing that FJM is inaccessible in China.

I find this to be excellent.

What's the matter, China? Can't handle EqA? Big fans of bunting over there? Love Livan Hernandez, hate Johan Santana?

We will not stop blogging until every Chinese citizen has the right to read curse-filled nonsense about Dusty Baker. And that is a kind-of promise!
Awesome. I wonder if it's because of the word "fire" in the title, but then again I'm not sure if FJM went on a recent run of anti-Hu Jintao articles (I heard he was a scrappy ball player). Someone over there let me know if AA is on the list. I'd be honored.

A Journalistic Highlight (Fire Joe Morgan)
Hu Jintao Does Not Care For OPS+ (Rocky Mountain News)
China Breaks Promises on Internet Censorship, International Olympic Committee Does Nothing (Fanhouse)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:40 AM

5 Comments:

What I want to know is: why isn't FJM in your "Friends of AA" list?

Heef said...
Jul 30, 2008, 11:46:00 AM  

Do not fuck with Cousin Mose, China.

GMoney said...
Jul 30, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

"Journalists in China to cover the Olympics are unable to conduct the research necessary to do their jobs properly because China is blocking access to web sites that contain information about China's human-rights policies."

Yeah. You're going to have to explain how "human rights policies" would be in any way interesting to reporters "covering the Olympics". Last time I checked, policies are not competing.

Daniel said...
Jul 30, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

I was in China in Feb and March and was not able to access your website AA. Deadspin, The Big Lead yes, but no Awful Announcing.

Glenn said...
Jul 30, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

"I was in China in Feb and March and was not able to access your website AA."

Dana Jacobsen must have some powerful allies in Beijing & Hong Kong, AA. Must be a 'Year of the Horse' thing.

Tainted Alligator Souffle said...
Jul 31, 2008, 1:13:00 AM  

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