China will issue next year a regulation concerning foreign media's coverage
in the country during the 2008 Olympic Games, the organising committee said.
Liu Qi, President of the Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic Games
(BOCOG), told the second World Broadcasters Meeting(WBM) here that the
regulation is aimed to facilitate the coverage of foreign media.
"Based on the promise made by the Chinese government in the bid process and
taking into full consideration the international practices of the Olympic Games,
this regulation is intended to provide convenience to foreign journalists for
their coverage of the Games in China," he added.
Liu said the regulation will be issued and take effect in 2007 after going
through legislative procedures.
"Foreign journalists holding Olympic identity and accreditation cards will be
entitled to visa exemption within the validity of the card, and with the Olympic
identity and accreditation cards and valid passports (or other travel
documents), make multi-entries into the People's Republic of China," said Liu.
"The visa application procedures for foreign journalists will also be
"Reasonable amount of equipment that foreign journalists bring into China for
their mission will be allowed to enter as temporary imports with tax exemption
and installation and use of radio equipment will be allowed in conformity with
the Chinese Law."
Liu said the regulation will also define relevant policies on foreign media
coverage of the Games and their employment of Chinese citizens to assist in
Other policies being considered include:
Temporary entry permission will be given to motor vehicles from overseas for
covering the Games; Foreign journalists may apply for temporary driving permits;
Foreign accredited media may make applications through BOCOG for filming
cultural relics and BOCOG will acquire permission for them from the State
Administration of Cultural Relics in accordance with the required procedures;
Foreign media organizations may apply to the Press Commission of the Chinese
Olympic Committee for interviews with Chinese athletes;
Accredited foreign media organizations that wish to conduct aerial filming of
the Olympic competitions may send applications and detailed plans to BOCOG, who
will submit the requests to relevant government authorities for approval in
accordance with the required procedures;
During the Beijing Olympics, foreign journalists may rent housing for
accommodation or offices through legal real-estate agencies.
The 2006 WBM is held from August 9-11th in Beijing.