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IPL to bow to media pressure

The Indian Premier League (IPL) looks set to heed calls from the media to change its accreditation conditions for the Twenty20 tournament.

Several media organisations have threatened to boycott the tournament if conditions are not amended.

Current conditions dictate that the IPL may use all images taken at the grounds for free and without restrictions, and media organisations must commit themselves to uploading the pictures within 24 hours.

Websites will also not be granted accreditation for the tournament and web portals must gain permission from the IPL prior to accessing images.

Top IPL officials are keen to avoid a boycott, and will meet with all parties concerned to try and find a solution.

"To say the least, this is a ridiculous claim, unheard of in the annals of free India's media tradition," the Editors Guild of India said in a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"In an age when most newspapers are also available to online readers, this stipulation is extremely untenable."

Agence France-Presse (AFP) has already indicated that it won't cover the Twenty20 tournament under current conditions.

"The terms and conditions are too strict and raise questions about press freedom," Barry Parker, AFP's South Asia bureau chief, told Cricinfo.

"The present terms and conditions don't allow us to cover the event."

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