Journalists face 'pass' blockade at Maha Kumbh
Several journalists, including those from abroad who descended here to cover the Maha Kumbh, had a bitter experience due to "mismanagement" by mela administration in issuing media passes.india Updated: Feb 12, 2010 19:17 IST
Several journalists, including those from abroad who descended here to cover the Maha Kumbh, had a bitter experience due to "mismanagement" by mela administration in issuing media passes.
Even though many of the journalists, especially foreign mediapersons, had applied for passes more than a week ago, the mela officials could not provide them the mandatory document as the rules were changed at the last minute.
The police decided to issue separate passes to local journalists and those coming from outside the state, reversing its earlier decision.
This led to a "complete chaos and mismanagement" on Wednesday and Thursday, journalists said. Many mediapersons had to spend almost sleepless nights in the cold waiting for their passes at the Media Centre set up here.
"It was a big problem. I lost photos, lost stories. I could not reach the key spots where people and sadhus took their bath. I have come from Italy especially for this mega event," said Erberto Zani, a freelancer who has tied up with Italy-based Eidon Agency for the coverage of the Kumbh.
"I submitted all the required documents. My (news) agency also mailed them. But nothing has yet happened. I have only spent time and money coming here. They are not even giving me correct information about the status of my media pass," he claimed.