The Post’s Kathy Lally wrote of visiting the site of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, at the invitation of “a Kremlin PR agency” [“Russia’s great Olympic hope: Snow,” front page, Feb. 7]. Maybe this explains why she did not mention the previous day’s Human Rights Watch (HRW) reportdocumenting the widespread exploitation of migrant workers building the host town’s infrastructure.
“Workers consistently reported that employers failed to pay full wages and in some cases failed to pay workers at all,” HRW reported after speaking with 66 mainly low-skilled workers from eastern European and central Asian countries. And the reporter might have found it of note that “a group of workers employed on the Main Media Center, the central hub for journalists covering the Olympics, worked for months without wages.”
The International Olympic Committee spins the message that the Games are “a force for good.” It’s the duty of journalists to point out when reality contradicts what PR agencies would prefer to see in the news.
Ian Plenderleith, Chevy Chase