Monday, August 23, 2004

More stupidity from the IOC

First there was the "clean venue policy" at the Olympic Games. Then the "hyperlink policy". And now this: Olympic athletes largely barred from posting online diaries.

"The International Olympic Committee is barring competitors, as well as coaches, support personnel and other officials, from writing firsthand accounts for news and other Web sites.

An exception is if an athlete has a personal Web site that they did not set up specifically for the Games.

The IOC's rationale for the restrictions is that athletes and their coaches should not serve as journalists — and that the interests of broadcast rightsholders and accredited media come first."