British reporter arrested for covering Tibet Protest in Beijing Olympics


Photo and video John Ray, a British journalist covering China since 2006, who now works for ITV.

Ray was arrested and released August 13, for covering eight individuals attempting to unfurl a banner about Tibet protest in Beijing during the Olympic games. Reporters without Borders released report the same day about the recent pattern of arrests and said,

It is the duty of the Olympic movement in its entirety to ensure respect for the spirit of the Olympic truce. Since the origins of the Olympics, tradition has required that peace should prevail during the games.

The group referred to the IOC’s explaination of the Olympic truce in ancient Greece:

During the truce period, the athletes, artists and their families, as well as ordinary pilgrims, could travel in total safety to participate in or attend the Olympic Games and return afterwards to their respective countries. (…) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to revive the ancient concept of the Olympic Truce with the view (…) to encourage searching for peaceful and diplomatic solutions to the conflicts around the world.

I’m not holding my breath. The report out of China is chilling.

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