Category Archives: Rutgers University

Censorship at the Olympics

Journalists covering the 2008 Olympics will not have access to websites considered sensitive by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games (BOGOG), such as the website for Amnesty International, which has been critical of China’s policies on human rights. Compounding the issue is the fact that the ban runs counter to promises BOGOG had made about providing the media with the same freedom as had been provided at previous Olympics.

“I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time,” Kevan Gosper, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee told reporters.

Keeping controversial arrangements secret is nothing new for New Jerseyans these days. As reported by the Star-Ledger, Rutgers University agreed to a secret deal that will allow head football coach Greg Schiano to break his contract without penalty if the school failed to complete a major expansion of its football stadium by 2009.

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Journalism During Wartime

Investigative Journalism in a Time of War is the title of a panel discussion being presented at Rutgers University by the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. The session will take place on Wednesday, April 16, starting at 6 p.m.

The featured speakers are Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist who has covered the Middle East for more than four years; and Jeremy Scahill, a correspondent for Democracy Now! and a contributor to The Nation magazine.

The program will take place in Room 135 of Scott Hall, 43 College Avenue, New Brunswick.

For details, visit http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/events/investigative-journalism-in-a-time-of-war.html or contact Professor Deepa Kumar at dkumar@scils.rutgers.edu.