Visa rejection spotlighted activist

Before the 2008 Olympic Games, gold medalist and Team Darfur co-founder/spokesman Joey Cheek had his visa revoked by the Chinese government.

This action by the Chinese to stop human rights activists from poking a stick in its eye proved to backfire in their face.

If the Chinese had quietly allowed Cheek and his activists organization to watch the games in Beijing, most of the world wouldn't even know who Joey Cheek is or what Team Darfur stands for.

But they didn't do that. Instead, they gave no reason for the revocation -- and because of that, just about every media outlet in the world reported on the story, and the revoking of Cheek's visa gave him a platform from which to speak, and speak eloquently, about China's role in the oil-rich country of Sudan. Way to go, China!

Daniel Stephens, Grovetown



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