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Should we boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing?

When China was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games, it promised to improve human rights and press freedom - a promise Reporters Without Borders and other organizations say it has failed to keep. Last week, the media watchdog said that U.S. President Bush should urge the Chinese authorities to release political prisoners and end censorship.

Should your country boycott the Olympics to take a stand against the Chinese government's control over the media? When awarded the 2008 Olympic Games, China made promises regarding press freedom. Has the country lived up to these promises? Should the country have been granted the honor of hosting the Olympics in the first place? Is media censorship in China an issue other countries should get involved with?

IJNet would like to hear your opinion. We invite you to answer these questions or add some of your own. Join the discussion by clicking on "Add a Comment" below. Please identify your country if possible. Thanks for your participation.

Yes, We should

Yes, We should boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing because China is a country who provide weapons to Myanmar junta who killed innocent monks and people in recent crackdown. China only care their business and always violated human rights.
A journalist, from Myanmar( formerly known as Burma)

If boycotting t

If boycotting the Olympic Games in Beijing will help curb the abuses of human rights in China then my country in West Africa should boycott it. But i am afraid to stated that if my country boycott the Games then it will stand the chance of loosing the huge trade benefits that its currently enjoying from China and that will also ruin any relation that exist between the tow countries. Clloeagues, African countries will find it extremely difficult to now say NO to Big Brother China.

I am in full su

I am in full support of the Boycott of Olympic Games in China by RWB. I can not comprehend why a country which does not recognise press freedom should host such a big event.

Media censorshi

Media censorship for purpose of oppressive rule by any country of the world is condemned in it entirety. Because such practice is not only old fashioned, it is also anti-development. So, it is necessary that China is called to order. But not withstanding, the forthcoming Olympic Games hosting by the country shouldn't be boycotted based on that

How a country l

How a country like India can boycott Olympics Games in China on the grounds that Chinese government is committing atrocities against Tibet when India itself has unleashed a rein of terror against its own citizens in occupied Kashmir.

There may be some problems within China or the country may have some differences with other states, but at least it is not as barbaric as India is.

If Olympics in China should be boycotted, then 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi should also be boycotted because of gross human rights violations in Kashmir which include rape, torture, burning of entire villages, rule of tyranny in Kashmir.

Yes, Our Cuntry

Yes, Our Cuntry must Boycott Olympic Games in China. There is no media freedom, the illegal accesion of Tibet is the area in which whole world must boycott.

Tibetians have been fighting for the independence, the Communist Chinese government have destroyed thier pagodas, buddist worship place, destroying the eclogical balance in tibet and suppresing tibetians, bring chinese and placing them in Tibet.

Boycott Olympic Games! Boycott Olympic Games! Boycott Olympic Games! Boycott Olympic Games!

No We cant boyc

No We cant boycott>>Murshed from Bangladesh I am a journalist from Bangladesh.i make news on water and river issues.I have come in this job only to get freedom in whole life.I know what is real freedom in life.I could join another job,but i did not take that kind of job, where have no freedom.We of course enjoying freedom here in Bangladesh.But i know we need more freedom.But i cant say now that we are deprived by our Govenment.But when any one say,that Should your country boycott the Olympics to take a stand against the Chinese government's control over the media?then my answer is no! we cant boycott.There are many developed country still violating the human right.No one have to say about that country,who is doing same.I think China is not only a major country that violating human right.We can demand to China to improve its human right activities,but we cant boycott China.I think China still improving its human rights.If china do well we should all honer its.please any one one to contact wth me plz write me: Syed Mahbub Murshed,Journalist.my emai adress, sdmurshed@gmail.com and sydmuurshed@yahoo.com

My country is C

My country is Cameroon where the abuse of human and press rights is almost institutionalised. Asking Cameroon to boycott the Beijing Olympics because of human rights abuses by the Beijing regime is like asking an individual to pass judgement on himself. If I were living in another country, I would have suggested that my country boycotts the Beijing Olympics but being a Cameroonian, my opinion would not mean a thing to the Yaounde regime.

From the outset

From the outset, of course I am totally against any form of human rights and of course media freedom abuse. But: Awarding such an honour with conditions should never have happened in the first place - they should have met standards BEFORE being allowed to host the Olympics. Perhaps China "owns" the countries whose votes determined the outcome of the bidding processes? To boycott would probably be unfair to athletes, some of whom hope to launch their careers at this Olypics - regardless of where it was to be held; some of who have to come return to "defend their titles" etc etc. If boycotts are to be effective then it would have to be across the board. China could easily replace ALL spaces left by those who'd boycotted and have an entire ceremony which would probably be technically valid because their hosting the Olympics IS valid. I would support a boycott if it was across the board to ensure effectiveness as opposed to some (unfortunate) incidences of such actions that have become mere stage shows - good publicity for the organisers but doing nothing to improve situations it/they claim to be fighting for!

The media shoul

The media should not hesitate to boy cott the olympic games in Beijing if the industry would not enjoy freedom of information. We live in a democratic world where access to information should be free any where and any time.

Dayo Emmanuel Lagos, Nigeria.

A lawless count

A lawless country shall have no law offenders.So far that we have a law that is governing the way and how the Olympic should be hoast then I think if it's the turn of the China to hoast the Olympic let it be. But there is a need for them to realised that if there is no freedom of the prees then things wount work fine. Then the issue of maybe the political detainees should be free or not, I personaly think it has to be the decission of the Chiness government and which ever authorithy in concern. The freeedom of Press is very esential in every country if we are talking about fair herering. Press as the third estate of the realm and the watchdog of the nation. What and how can people know what is happening in the sport arenna if the press are not given an open hands operation to report what is going on in the Olympic 2008. The viewers want and like to know who did or say what, where when and how it was said. And if the Press are not given enought freedom to report vividely what happen durring the event, theis maight cause iota and chaos to the individual country.Theis can even make the opinion leaders overude and overide on the less previledge peolple who has a less access to information in a particular country.

A lawless count

A lawless country shall have no law offenders.So far that we have a law that is governing the way and how the Olympic should be hoast then I think if it's the turn of the China to hoast the Olympic let it be. But there is a need for them to realised that if there is no freedom of the prees then things wount work fine. Then the issue of maybe the political detainees should be free or not, I personaly think it has to be the decission of the Chiness government and which ever authorithy in concern. The freeedom of Press is very esential in every country if we are talking about fair herering. Press as the third estate of the realm and the watchdog of the nation. What and how can people know what is happening in the sport arenna if the press are not given an open hands operation to report what is going on in the Olympic 2008. The viewers want and like to know who did or say what, where when and how it was said. And if the Press are not given enought freedom to report vividely what happen durring the event, theis maight cause iota and chaos to the individual country.Theis can even make the opinion leaders overude and overide on the less previledge peolple who has a less access to information in a particular country.

I think CHina n

I think CHina needs to be disciplined to honour its words. Boycotting the games may not be the best solution but the message should be conveyed. China took serious exception to the recent visit of India's prime minister to Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India. Unfortunately this was never condemned in any world forum.

As a long-term

As a long-term resident of China, I think that a boycott of the Games by journalists will surely backfire. The Chinese government will portray this as an insult to the Chinese people and to the spirit of the Games, and in a nation where information is so tightly controlled, they will be succesful at this. I say come journalists, one and all, and remember that despite the many shady and downright wrong acts the Chinese government has committed, it has still managed incredibly impressive economic growth that has pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

China with its

China with its speeding economic progression has not witnessed political liberalisation and with its communist monopoly of power treat harshly those who challenge it.

Such asymmetrical development could prove an embarassment to china when hoards of journalists will descend on Beijing in August. Their core area, of course will be to cover the games.

But nonconformists/Dissidents in China will find the media presence as a god sent opportunity to gain publicity for their cause., whether from the Han heartland, the Muslim west or Tibet.

However, for the sake of sports we need to keep aside all these concerns and be sporty enough to ensure the Olympic torch blazes at its sportive best in Bejing.

We should show

We should show solidarity with the Chinese people in their fight for human freedoms. However, we should bear in mind that freedoms are not absolute. Governments should be encouraged to improve those freedoms without using oppressive means. CHOGM happened in Uganda, does that mean Ugandans enjoy more freedoms than the Chinese people?

Media censorshi

Media censorship in China is a stumbling block to free press in the world of today .As a journalist i feel we should be allowed to air non partisan statements ,to achieve this there should be no censorship. In anut shell my country should boycott the games for a better world which means free press.

I agree with co

I agree with collegue from Africa. Why should we boycott the Olimpic Games in Beijing? Because there are no free and objective media? Please, tell me WHERE ON THE WORLD exist such "flower"? I'm afraid it's only science fiction - you MUST AGREE with me!

As you know - WHO PAY you, also DICTATE WHAT and HOW will you write. If anybody thinks contrary, give me, please, just ONE EXAMPLE of OBJECTIVE AND FREE MEDIA... Thanks and regards from Serbia

I think the wor

I think the world need to stand up as one man and condemn the abuse of the rights to free expression not only in China. I am for the Campaign for the boycott of the Olympics in China but I am positive that it should really go around with all states that perpetuate acts that compromise fundamental human rights. This campaigns as well should not be used to shroud vested interests and has been the case with some. We should all stand up in a conscionable gear to create a more rights respective and rights protective world for all peoples as the basis of any meaningful global peace.

It is unfortuna

It is unfortunate that at times some of these campaigns are really one-sided and aim at pushing interests of some corners of the world. There are many evils by some so-called free states and yet no campaigns are mounted. While this is a big issue, I think the campaign is misdirected. China knows better what it is doing. I think no country neither mine should boycott the Olympics. I am an African and no friend to China at all but in this case I am not for this campaign.

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