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Walsh wants to revise deal that bars Olympics criticism

Mayor Walsh signed the “joinder agreement” with the US Olympic Committee, which has picked Boston as the United States candidate for the 2024 Olympics.
Mayor Walsh signed the “joinder agreement” with the US Olympic Committee, which has picked Boston as the United States candidate for the 2024 Olympics.EPA/File

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Friday he wants to revise language in an agreement he signed that bars city workers from criticizing the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

“We’re fixing some of that agreement,” Walsh said. “We’re revising the language. We’re going to have different language in there.”

He said that before the agreement was signed, he challenged it. But he also said he should have thought the issue through a little more. He spoke with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on WGBH-FM’s Boston Public Radio show.

Walsh had not previously mentioned that he had challenged the agreement.

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Walsh signed the “joinder agreement” with the US Olympic Committee, which has picked Boston as the United States candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee is expected to pick the final site in 2017 from a number of cities around the world.

Civil liberties activists last week immediately criticized the agreement, saying it appeared to be unconstitutional.

Walsh said the ban was “boilerplate language” and it should not discourage city workers from voicing their opinions.