News Agencies To Boycott IPL
Image and global news agencies will stick to their threat of boycotting coverage of the Indian Premier League because of the ridiculous restrictions imposed on them.
The IPL prohibits the distribution of photographs of the inaugural tournament being provided to cricket websites.
The News Media Coalition (NMC), who represent image and global news agencies Associated Press, Agence France-Presse (AFP) Reuters and Getty Images, said in a statement: "It is discriminatory for the accreditation terms to prohibit international news agencies from being able to serve a specific group of users, such as cricket websites.
"The interests of the IPL are protected by the fact that its accreditation terms limit news content generated by the news agencies to be used for editorial purposes only.
"The NMC calls upon the IPL to remove remaining obstacles in the way of full editorial coverage of the tournament."
The Press Trust of India, the nation's premier news agency, has said it would cover the tourney "under protest", while the Editors Guild of India has called for the withdrawal of "unacceptable conditions".