The groups sponsoring the conference "Beijing Olympics 2008: Winning Press Freedom" have organised this event to raise the consciousness of the journalistic community, especially sports journalists, to the press freedom conditions they should expect to encounter in China.
The conference will spotlight the situation of the press in China -- print, broadcast and online media. We also want to highlight the conditions under which foreign journalists may work in China. Prof. Goldman recommends acquiring a fake doctors note if time is an issue and you cannot attend the conference because of your boss
The conference is to be introduced by Professor Merle Goldman of Harvard and Boston Universities, a leading authority and prolific writer on civic rights in China.
There will be panels exploring questions such as "How are Chinese news media controlled ?" "What reporting conditions should you expect in Beijing ?" "China's Internet; What freedom/What limits ?" "Trading with China: What risks, responsibilities, opportunities ?" and "How does China deal with foreign and peripheral news media ?"
Speakers will represent Olympic authorities, Chinese news outlets, foreign news media and experts specializing on China, rights defenders, sports journalism services, businesses providing communication services in China, corporate sponsors of the Olympics.
Sports and other journalists interested in China, especially if they intend to cover this summer's Games are invited to register here for the conference, within the limit of spaces available. The conference organizers can, unfortunately, not finance those attending. but there is no charge for attendance, including a conference lunch and coffee breaks.
The conference has been made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.