China May Ban Shots of Tiananmen During Olympics

Fearing protests of Tibet policy, iconic square may go unphotographed
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 5:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Chinese government may ban live footage of Tiananmen Square during the coming Summer Olympics in Beijing, the AP reports. Increasingly concerned about protests,  Chinese Olympic officials this week told broadcasting organizers an earlier agreement on live shots had been canceled. If the decision stands, it would be a blow to networks, especially big spender NBC.

Recent unrest in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, and the strong-armed Chinese response, has caused concern the world over, recalling the pro-democracy protests—and military response—at Tiananmen Square in 1989.  Insiders hope that an upcoming visit by representatives of the Olympic Committee will cool things down.