IPL facing boycott by Indian media

April 11th, 2008 - 7:25 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi,Apr.11(ANI): The inaugural Indian Premier League was facing a media boycott after the influential Indian Newspaper Society joined calls for “offending” accreditation conditions to be lifted.
The Indian media has protested loudly over the IPL`s decision to ban websites from covering matches and to prohibit international and local news agencies from supplying photographs to online clients.
“The accreditation terms failed to address the issues of intellectual property rights belonging to media as well as issues of press freedom,” INS president Bahubali Shah said in a statement.
“The Indian Newspaper Society hopes a serious attempt will be made by the Indian Premier League to remove offending terms and conditions for media accreditation.
“In the absence of remedial action by the Indian Premier League, members of the Indian Newspaper Society will be forced to take an adverse view on the question of coverage of IPL matches.”
The Twenty20 competition, promoted by the Indian cricket board and featuring stars from around the world, opens April 18. The deadline for accreditation was Thursday.
The London-based international News Media Coalition called the accreditation terms “a serious and unprecedented curtailment of the freedom of the press to fully report events of public interest.”
The NMC focuses on the threat from excessive controls on the flow of news to the public, and is supported by newspapers, agencies and press freedom bodies around the world.
The Hindu, a leading broadsheet, attacked the IPL`s policies in a scathing editorial.
“Greed and arrogance and a total lack of common sense seem to be driving the IPL along a path of confrontation, which will surely bring on a media boycott,” the daily predicted.
The IPL tournament lines up eight teams bought by franchises who selected their players via a multi-million dollar auction last month.
The tournament marks the first time that international cricketers will put aside national allegiances to play for privately-owned and city-based teams. (ANI)

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