The International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said on Thursday, March 10, that he is still waiting for the Chinese state broadcaster to explain the censorship of his anti-war speech at the opening of the Beijing Winter Games, nearly a week before.

At the same time, Chinese CCTV has not responded to the International Paralympic Committee’s questions or made any commitment that this case won’t occur again at the upcoming closing ceremony of the Beijing Paralympics this Sunday, March 13.

IPC president Andrew Parsons told AFP on Thursday:

“Not yet. We asked about it. We are still waiting for their position or explanation.”

“Let’s wait to hear what they say.”

At the opening ceremony of the Beijing Paralympics, March 4, the president of the International Paralympic Committee, Andrew Parsons, gave a speech over 6 minutes long. He condemned the currently going Ukraine war.
But China’s central broadcaster CCTV censored the speech.

He said:

“Tonight, I want to begin with a message of peace.

As the leader of an organization with inclusion at its core, where diversity is celebrated and differences embraced, I am horrified at what is taking place in the world right now.

The 21st Century is a time for dialogue and diplomacy, not war and hate.”

But CCTV didn’t translate this part of his speech.

In addition, at one point, the Chinese state-run broadcaster appeared to reduce the microphone volume of his speech.

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