Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Media Warned Over FIFA Press Agreement

Media representatives are cautioning international journalists about signing any agreements with sports organizations about coverage of their events. The warning is aimed directly at journalists seeking press credentials to cover the 2010 World Cup.

The South African Media Interest Group, made up of members of the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and industry body Print Media SA, has raised its concerns through the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) - a body representing news associations and agencies worldwide - about the terms and conditions imposed by World Cup owner Fifa for coverage of this year's event. They believe these restrict media freedom.

Larry Kilman, WAN's director of communications and public affairs, said sport organisers were increasingly trying to control content to ensure they received maximum benefit. WAN started dealing with the issue in 2005 after members complained about restrictions around sporting events, and has been negotiating with Fifa over relaxation of some of the terms since 2006.

Media Warned to Tread Warily Around Fifa 2010 Reporting Rules
Business Day
Jnauary 19, 2010