3 Aug 2008

IOC feels heat over internet restrictions

7:24 am on 3 August 2008

The International Olympic Committee has faced mounting questions over Internet censorship, days before the Beijing Games, despite earlier pledges its use would be unfettered.

While China has allowed access to some websites that were blocked earlier in the week, many sites still remain inaccessible to reporters covering the Beijing Olympics.

The issue has caused a major stir days before the start of the Olympics with IOC officials insisting there would be no censorship and Beijing Games Organising Committee saying sensitive sites would remain blocked by the Communist authorities.