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Jul 16, 2007
Jul 16, 2007
International media organisations have issued a strong warning to sports event organisers over restrictions they have been accused of trying to enforce at showpiece tournaments.
Their concern - which was also aimed at FIFA for last year's World Cup which led to an easing on restrictions on information and photographs supplied to websites - was provoked by the International Rugby Board (IRB) trying to restrict their coverage of the World Cup which begins in France on September 7.
"They (the media) agreed that as the threat to press freedom was so serious the news media industry needs to ramp up an organised international campaign to bring about improved arrangements and defend the freedom of the press to report events without hindrance," read a statement from the various media groups.
"The urgency of the meeting comes from the progressively tightening of controls on journalistic access and coverage atevents and newsroom operations by event organisers including the International Rugby Board's World Cup in France in September.
"In exchange for permission to attend a major sports event, journalists are often contractually, through accreditation termsand conditions, obliged to limit the timing and volume of reports, images and scores, especially during an event when the public appetite is greatest."
A statement issued on behalf of the meeting condemned the IRB and others, for failing to 'recognise fully the direct contribution a free press makes to the public interest in their events and as well as the indirect value given to event partners such as sponsors'.
Relations with the press is not the best thing that will happen during this world cup on either Hemisphere -see Midi Olympique today : the journalists complain about the lack of communication from the French staff and the fact that the players have to ask the friends and family to send them the press secertly! woaw!
Hopefully this issue will find a quick and better answer...
ps : check that video (too cute!)