March 2008

No live TV from Tiananmen for Olympics

March 22, 2008 // 0 Comments

China: No live TV from Tiananmen for OlympicsBy Charles Hutzler The Associated PressBEIJING — Don’t expect to turn on your TV during the Beijing Olympics and see live shots of Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops crushed pro-democracy protests nearly two decades ago. Apparently unnerved by recent unrest among Tibetans and fearful of protests in the heart of the capital, China has told broadcast officials it will bar live television shots from the vast square during the Games. A ban on live broadcasts would disrupt the plans of NBC and other major international networks, who have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to broadcast the Aug. 8-24 Games and are counting on eye-pleasing live shots from the iconic square. The rethinking of Beijing’s earlier promise to broadcasters comes as the government has poured troops into Tibetan areas wracked by anti-government protests this month and stepped up security in cities, airports and entertainment venues far from the unrest. In another sign of the government’s unease, 400 American Boy Scouts who had been promised they […]

China’s Olympic Paranoia

March 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

China urges Nepal to ban Everest climbs amid fear of Olympics protestsBy BINAJ GURUBACHARYA The Associated Press Related Sign up for our Travel and Outdoors newsletters Sign up for NWsource Travel Deals newsletter Information Everest news and information: www.mounteverest.netKATMANDU, Nepal — China has asked Nepal to keep climbers off Mount Everest this spring, a move that would prevent pro-Tibetan protests when the Olympic torch is carried to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Nepalese officials said today. The organizers of the Beijing Olympics have not released an exact date for the planned ascent, but preparations point to late April or early May. Activists critical of Chinese policy in Tibet have unfurled protest banners at the Everest base camp in the past. Nepalese officials said a decision should be reached soon on whether to approve Beijing’s request to shut down climbing on Everest until May 10. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said China made the request last month. Expeditions from the Chinese […]