China Control of Media Visit to Tibet Limits Coverage


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns China’s continuing restrictions on media

coverage of issues related to the Olympics and Tibet,

after limits were placed on what could be reported about the relay of the

Olympic torch through Tibet

at the weekend.



foreign journalists reported to the IFJ that their movements were tightly

controlled. After the torch relay had finished at an open public area in Lhasa, Tibet’s

capital, on June 21, authorities would not permit the journalists to leave

promptly. No reason was given, the journalists said.



scheduled media visit to Lhasa’s

Jokhang Monastery, which was badly damaged during civil unrest on March 14, was

cancelled suddenly without explanation on June 22, the journalists said. The

monastery in Barkhor Square

is listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.



media visit to Lhasa, involving about 50 foreign

journalists, was the second such visit organised by authorities since protests

against Beijing’s rule erupted in Lhasa and elsewhere in




journalists are forbidden to enter the region independently.



controls on media reporting from Tibet are contrary to internationally

accepted standards of press freedom and rights,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.



again, China’s authorities

have stage-managed reporting related to the Olympics and Tibet. In so doing, they break China’s promise – made in 2001 when Beijing won the right to host the Games – to respect and

uphold media rights and freedom in China.”


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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919


The IFJ represents over 600,000 in

122 countries worldwide