Sports reporting is large apolitical, right? Not necessarily so according to Human Rights Watch that is trying to keep foreign reporters in the game when reporting on the Olympics in Beijing. A necessary survival kit or over caution because China is China?

Human Rights Watch is publishing a pocket guide for reporters planning to travel to China to cover the Beijing Olympics. Produced with the support of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Reporters’ Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics addresses how to report in a largely closed country, with particular attention to the hazards facing Chinese sources and news assistants.

An estimated 25,000 foreign journalists will cover the Beijing Games. This guide spells out both their rights – in particular under the Chinese government’s temporary regulations for foreign journalists – and the risks they or their Chinese contacts may face. The Reporters’ Guide is also downloadable online at no cost at, and will also soon be available in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

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