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The Olympic Industry and Civil Liberties: The Threat to Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly

The Olympic Industry and Civil Liberties: The Threat to Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly The Olympic Industry and Civil Liberties: The Threat to Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly HELEN JEFFERSON LENSKYJ Free speech and freedom of assembly are two key components of the social conditions that people in democratic societies typically refer to as human rights or civil liberties. In this article, I will examine the threats to free speech, in the form of a free press, and to freedom of assembly, in the form of peaceful protest, posed by the Olympic industry. As I have explained in two critical Olympic books, I use the term Olympic industry to indicate that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the national Olympic committees of its member countries, and its global corporate sponsors are primarily concerned with profit. Thus, I problematize fuzzy concepts such as ‘Olympic movement’, ‘Olympic family’, and ‘Olympic spirit’ that deliberately cloak the Olympic industry’s profit motive in pseudo-religious rhetoric. I examine how the mass media and Olympic boosters, including elected representatives, bow to Olympic industry pressure to suppress critical voices and to criminalize peaceful protest in Olympic host cities. A Free Press in Olympic Bid and Host Cities? Universality of information freedom – a free press – constitutes a basic human right. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sport in Society Taylor & Francis

The Olympic Industry and Civil Liberties: The Threat to Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly

Sport in Society , Volume 7 (3): 15 – Sep 1, 2004
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1743-0445
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1743-0437
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10.1080/1743043042000291695
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The Olympic Industry and Civil Liberties: The Threat to Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly HELEN JEFFERSON LENSKYJ Free speech and freedom of assembly are two key components of the social conditions that people in democratic societies typically refer to as human rights or civil liberties. In this article, I will examine the threats to free speech, in the form of a free press, and to freedom of assembly, in the form of peaceful protest, posed by the Olympic industry. As I have explained in two critical Olympic books, I use the term Olympic industry to indicate that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the national Olympic committees of its member countries, and its global corporate sponsors are primarily concerned with profit. Thus, I problematize fuzzy concepts such as ‘Olympic movement’, ‘Olympic family’, and ‘Olympic spirit’ that deliberately cloak the Olympic industry’s profit motive in pseudo-religious rhetoric. I examine how the mass media and Olympic boosters, including elected representatives, bow to Olympic industry pressure to suppress critical voices and to criminalize peaceful protest in Olympic host cities. A Free Press in Olympic Bid and Host Cities? Universality of information freedom – a free press – constitutes a basic human right.

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Sport in SocietyTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2004

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