IOC: China should not prevent media from reporting

August 14, 2008 6:06:21 AM PDT
The International Olympic Committee says it's frowning on the actions of Chinese security officials who allegedly manhandled a British journalist trying to report on a pro-Tibet protest. Asked repeatedly if IOC officials are embarrassed that China isn't living up to its promise of allowing unrestricted access to foreign press, a spokeswoman is only saying they're happy with the way China is running the sporting events.

China has never been known for giving much credence to the idea of a free press. The IOC spokeswoman insists journalists shouldn't be stopped from doing their jobs.

Yesterday, John Ray of London-based ITV News said he was wrestled to the ground and briefly held by police who apparently mistook him for a protester.