Chinese Regime Delays Olympic Broadcast by Ten Seconds

July 26, 2008 Updated: October 1, 2015

Chinese paramilitary soldiers march outside the main Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese paramilitary soldiers march outside the main Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Chinese communist regime enhances rigorous supervision over the broadcast of the competition events in order to prevent unexpected incidents during the Beijing Olympic Games. According to Ming Pao in Hong Kong, China’s Department of Propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee (CCPCC) has recently ordered all TV stations in China to delay the live broadcast of the Olympic Games by ten seconds. A source said that this regulation aims to prevent unwanted content to be aired to viewers, including political slogans extended by foreign athletes on sports fields or at victory ceremonies. 

According to a Radio Free Asia’s report, the Chinese regime has underscored once again that all organizations and individuals are forbidden to spread any Olympic events-related videos on the internet, including personal blogs and forums. 

A Ming Pao article reported that last January, at a victory ceremony of the 6th Winter Asian Games held in Changchun of Jilin Province, five South Korean female athletes unfolded a slogan all of a sudden, writing “Mountain Baitou (it is called Mountain Changbai in China) is our territory.” Even though the scene of this incident was not broadcasted due to the delay of the live coverage, it still caused Chinese authorities’ outrage. 

China’s Department of Propaganda of the CCPCC has informed all provincial and lower-level TV stations that the live coverage of Olympic events should be delayed by 10 seconds, in order to make sure unwanted scenes, such as protest incidents or a “Free Tibet” banner which appeared at the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Greece, are cut away quickly by televisions and not aired to mainland viewers.
A source with Ming Pao also said that all TV stations in China are required to help enhance the security during the Olympic Games. More armed police and soldiers will also be assigned to guard Chinese TV stations. All radio and television stations will also arrange their communist cadres to live at their workplace and be on duty every day to prevent the broadcast of the Olympics from being interfered.
Radio Free Asia reported, at a joint press conference of the National Copyright Administration, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and State Administration of Radio Film and Television on July 7th, a joint public notice was announced that unauthorized broadcast of Olympic events and related activities by internet media is illegal and will be prohibited. The notice underscores that the right to broadcast the competition and related activities of the Olympics in the mainland and Macao has been awarded exclusively to China Central Television (CCTV). Anyone else who is not authorized is forbidden to broadcast the Olympics.

The Beijing News reported that all video clips and photographs of the Olympic events taken by individuals are prohibited from being broadcasted by internet media and mobile platforms. The communist regime’s official Xinhua news agency reported that a video sharing website in China which broadcasted the Olympics torch relay without an approval was deemed illegal and warned by the law enforcement department.

Mr. Hongkuan Li, former editor-in-chief of the renowned pro-democratic Chinese electronic magazine Big News, says that “a ban like this is hard to be implemented. The internet itself is an open virtual community. Millions of Chinese and foreign viewers will be able to upload whatever they see and hear to their personal space on the internet, which can also be spread to various forums and blogs. It gets no way be stopped. So it is just an evil rule.”