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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 1, 2008 12:52 PM

Chinese censors give in; we're not taking the bait

Posted by Ron Judd

Reports from Beijing Friday indicate that Chinese censors have capitulated to the International Olympic Committee and restored Press-Center Internet access to sites of China critics, including Amnesty International.

That's cool, but our campaign to get blocked in China will not relent. When it happens, it'll be even bigger news, because we shall stand alone. Mark our words -- in invisible Chinese ink.

Some Web sites specifically decrying the granting of the Games to the Chinese, such as this one, reportedly remain blocked in China.

Meanwhile, a reader asks: "Aren't you worried about riling the Chinese government before you land there to cover the Games?"

Answer: No way. I'm too fearless to let that get in the way of my journalistic mission. That, plus the fact that I'm not making the trip over for these Games. More on that later today.


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