RFA said its Tibetan-service broadcaster and U.S. citizen, Dhondup Gonzar, had not received an entry permit the day before the Opening Ceremonies -- some Olympic events, like early rounds of soccer, have already begun.
“Withholding media credentials and visas is standard practice by governments hostile to free expression, which is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," RFA president Libby Liu said in a statement. "We urge the Chinese government to show the world that it no longer fears uncensored media in local languages, as is fitting for an emerging world power and Olympics host."
She also called on the U.S. Olympic Committee to pressure the Chinese government to come through with the permit. "We deplore this stonewalling by the Chinese authorities," she said.
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