The lighting of the Olympic torch was broadcast to the world through a delayed live transmission, leaving the door open to censorship. Will this also be the case for the Olympic Games?
A censored live transmission? The question has surfaced after the broadcast in
Greek television, in charge of the broadcast, showed a few seconds of the incident. The scene then cut to a large shot of the stands, followed by a close shot on Qi Liu.
Vincent Brossel, one of the three protestors arrested by the Greek police, said the incident “was not mentioned by Greek television” after the arrest. “Television stations the world over are steering clear of the incident”, he added. Meanwhile, Christos Panagapoulos, President of Greek radio and television, assured news agency AFP that no censorship took place.
Nevertheless, the images never made it to television screens in
IOC and Chinese Olympic committee in discussion
The time delay during the broadcast does not depend only on
It remains to be seen whether the transmission by BOB will suffer a time delay. If it does, it would a first as far as the Olympic Games are concerned. The IOC does not clearly reply to the question. Interviewed by
Daniel Bilalian, Head of Sports at France Télévisions (French national television), told RTL radio that “if the games are censored in whatever manner by Chinese authorities, and if such action is accepted by the IOC - which I don’t really think will happen – our position will obviously have to be reevaluated. In such a case, I think that the president of France Télévisions will decide not to cover the games.”
Delayed live transmission - a common practice in
Chinese censorship does not follow any precise codes, specifies Jean-Luc Domenach, Research Director at the CERI institute in
Delayed transmission – censorship, in other words – is not restrained to
Arnaud Mercier, professor at the
Mercier also points out that “one not need to look very far for censorship by delaying live broadcasts. In
Date created : 2008-03-27