Steven Spielberg pulls out as artistic adviser to Beijing Olympics

    MONTREAL, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - US film director Steven Spielberg
yesterday announced that he would not honour a commitment to be an artistic
adviser for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games
because of China's policy on Sudan's Darfur region. US actress Mia Farrow has
taken a similar position, voicing outrage that Beijing could hold the games
while "being responsible for genocide" in Darfur.
    As artistic adviser, Spielberg had been working with such artists as
Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. He said he regarded China as a "key actor"
with respect to the conflict in Darfur and that the Olympic Games were
supposed to a way of bringing peoples together.
    On 24 January, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Jiang Yu condemned any
attempt to politicise the games in relation to China's role in Darfur.

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