No Olympic Blogging

You can swim the 50 meters in record time, you can be crowned the fastest man on earth, you can tumble your way to gold — but if you blog about it you’re done. The olympic athletes, coaches, support staff and other officials were barred by the International Olympic Committee from writing firsthand accounts of the Olympic games. The IOC argues that athletes are not journalists and is trying to protect the broadcast rights of the accredited media.

The ban limits all blogging, personal photos, video — basically anything that doesn’t go through a professional media source. The ban has been harshly criticized, but it’s not clear if the IOC has taken action for any violations.

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