Covering Beijing; Reporters Feel The Heat

Two separate and unequal press centers; ever-changing rules for Who Can Report From/About Tiananmen Square (And Other Landmarks) and When; balancing “business prerogatives” and “saying serious things about serious topics.” These are some of the challenges for reporters covering the Beijing Olympics, per the
New York Observer.

And, there’s the sweat issue. Maybe all the red tape and restrictions on outdoor broadcasting aren’t necessary if reporters are going to be fleeing indoors on their own? Maybe this is more of that “weather control” stuff (see Katia’s piece on shades of 1980)?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.