Steven Spielberg Says No To the Beijing Olympics

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 13, 2008

With less than six months to go to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Hollywood director/producer Steven Spielberg has decided to retire his contribution to the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.

Spielberg stated he was unhappy with China's inaction in the Darfur and has decided to withdraw himself from the games in protest. “E.T.” director had warned China's International Olympic Committee a few months ago and decided to take action this week.

The IOC tried to minimize this decision today and classified Spielberg's decision as a ''personal decision''.

There is no mention about Spielberg's decision in any Chinese national news source of course. China is known to censor anything bad about their country or the upcoming Olympic Games. Any critic is simply censored.

The Human Rights Watch organization salutes Spielberg’s decision and urges any sponsor, any national Olympic Committee, and any government to increase their pressure on the Chinese regime.

The organization also wants China to improve their human rights policy.

China remains the biggest prison for human rights and freedom to speech activists and journalists. At least thirty journalists are held in prison for using their freedom of speech rights in 2008 in China.

The Beijing Olympic games are to be held from August 8th to 24th 2008.

(Picture: Steven Spielberg, Getty Images.)