International agencies to skip IPL if rules not changed: NMC
International news agencies will be forced to skip this year's Indian Premier League unless there is a change to the accreditation norms which govern journalist and photographer attendance.Updated: Mar 01, 2010, 18:02 IST
International news agencies will be forced to skip this year's Indian Premier League unless there is a change to the accreditation norms which govern journalist and photographer attendance.
News Media Coalition, an international body that monitors specific threat to editorial operations from excessive controls imposed by sporting events, said in a statement that IPL coverage would be affected unless there is a change to the media rules.
"Without changes international news agencies are bound to consider not attending this year's event to provide editorial coverage. Newspapers in India and abroad are also known to be reconsidering their plans for coverage based on these arrangements," NMC said.
"As many publishers the world over rely upon news agencies for news material the stance taken by the IPL can only serve to limit news and free promotional value of their event and brand," it added.
The NMC said if the agencies are forced to shun the event, it would undo all the goodwill fostered during the second edition of the mega-event.
"The NMC had previously called upon the IPL to find a solution to widespread press concerns about coverage of the 2010 tournament due to begin on March 12," it said.
"The NMC reached a compromise agreement with the IPL for last year's tournament and assisted in fostering productive relations between the IPL promoters and the news media.