14 Nov 2008

News agencies boycott Cricket Australia

12:38 pm on 14 November 2008

The upcoming Test cricket series between Australia and New Zealand looks set to have only limited global coverage after leading international news agencies, Reuters, the Associated Press and Agence France Presse announced they're set to boycott coverage of all Cricket Australia events.

The agencies says they won't provide coverage of matches, training sessions or commercial events in Australia because of the accreditation terms and conditions laid down by Cricket Australia.

A spokesman says the terms compromise their ability to report independently and objectively.

The major issue for the agencies is CA's policy of imposing limits on the number of updates allowed on the internet and further restrictions on distributing material to websites not owned or attached to newspapers or sports magazines.

There are also concerns about some of the terms of the accreditation, which the agencies believe don't safeguard the rights of organisations to criticise or comment. Among them is a general clause that nothing should be written which could bring the game into disrepute.

Peter Young, the general manage of public affairs for CA, says negotiations were ongoing but added the majority of media outlets had signed the terms and conditions.