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Olympics firms ask ODA for permission to talk to the press

Engineering firms working on London's Olympic Park are set to demand 2012 bosses loosen the media stranglehold which prevents them publicising their achievements.
Later this month an ICE representative will meet with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to ask it to allow firms working on the publicly-financed project greater freedom of speech.'We are missing a real opportunity to showcase engineering as a profession and the good work the UK construction industry can do,' said one Olympic engineer, unwilling to be named for fear of reproach from the ODA.Written into each Olympic construction contract is the clause that all media enquiries and requests to speak at industry events should be passed back to the ODA press office.During a forum of key industry employers at One Great George Street in February, Olympic firms including Atkins, Arup, Halcrow, and Nuttall told ICE vice president Jean Venables that this channel of communication was so narrow that they were prevented from making even simple statements on the fact they had won an Olympic contract.In addition, draconian copyright laws that allow only official sponsors to use phrases such as 'London 2012' and 'London Olympics' prevent construction firms advertising that they are working on the project, even when recruiting their Olympic team.

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