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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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February 11, 2008 4:30 PM

Olympic house cleaning

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Appears as if the People's Republic of China doing more than taking cars off the road to spruce up its image before this summer's Olympics in Beijing.

The Washington Post reported that the Olympics might have helped spring jailed editor Yu Huafeng of the Southern Metropolis Daily in Guangzhou.

"Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based press freedoms group, said the release shows that the Chinese government sometimes responds to pressure from abroad by human rights groups, particularly ahead of the Beijing Olympics, scheduled for August. The group noted that Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong-based journalist for the Straits Times in Singapore, had been released three days earlier after serving half of a five-year sentence for espionage."

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