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Panpa Bulletin : February 2006
February 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 9 NEWS Coverage restrictions concern world's publishers IFA and WAN to discuss FIFA World Cup coverage FIFA and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) have decided to set up a joint working group to try to resolve some of the differenc- es about how media can cover the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This decision was taken at a meeting on 9 January at FIFA head- quarters in Zurich between repre- sentatives of the two organisations chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. The WAN delegation in- cluded a representative of the ma- jor global news agencies, AFP, AP, Reuters and Getty. WAN has asked FIFA to eliminate restrictions on the use of photographs in digital pub- lishing, including on the Internet. The goal of the working group will be to attempt to find mutually agree- able solutions to the current differ- ent positions, including the existing post-match embargo of one hour on the publication of photos, as well as editorial restrictions on the use of photographs in printed editions of newspapers and the manner in which photos can be distributed. FIFA invited WAN to name a rep- resentative to its Media Committee, which deals with all matters related to working conditions of media at FIFA events. The two organisa- tions agreed to meet again within a month to review progress. The WAN delegation included: Hans Heinrich Coninx, WAN Vice President and Chairman of TA Media in Switzerland; Timothy Balding, Chief Executive Officer of WAN; George Brock, President of the World Editors Forum and Editor of the Saturday Times of London; Daniel Kaczynski, Managing Di- rectorof the Swiss national newspa- per association, Swiss Press; Pierre Louette, Chairman and CEO of Agence France-Presse, representing AFP, Reuters, Associated Press and Getty; and Steve Oram, the Chair- man of the WAN Sports RightsWorking Group and Direc- tor of the Newspaper Publishers As- sociation in the United Kingdom. The FIFA delegation included: Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President; Urs Linsi, General Secretary; Markus Sie- gler, Director Communications; An- dreas Herren, Head Media Depart- ment: Tom Houseman, Head Legal Affairs; and Paul Ruschetti, Head Marketing Services Department. Local excitement continues to grow since Australia made the break into the competition since winning the FIFA World Cup Qualification Match. Fairfax Photos: Vince Caligiuri THE World Association of News- papers has criticised restrictions imposed by sports events organ- isers on the use of photographs by newspapers, saying the re- strictions "inhibit the free flow of information and the rights of newspapers to practice their pro- fession." "In the name of of protecting lucrative licensing agreements, sports organizations have been placing needless restrictions on digital photography as a condition of allowing newspaper photogra- phers to cover the games, endan- gering the right of newspapers to inform their readers and limiting coverage of important events," the Board of WAN said in a resolu- tion approved during its meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The resolution said: "The Board of the World Asso- ciation of Newspapers, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 15 November 2005 , deplores the in- creasing restrictions imposed by sports event organisers on the use of photographs by newspapers. "In the name of protecting lucrative licensing agreements, sports organizations have been placing needless restrictions on digital photography as a condition of allowing newspaper photogra- phers to cover the games, endan- gering the right of newspapers to inform their readers and limiting coverage of important events. "The world football body FIFA, for example, will require news- papers to delay posting photos of 2006 World Cup matches on their web sites until one hour after the matches end. An even greater intrusion into the editorial process is the requirement that newspapers publish photographs unaltered in the paper except for cropping, effectively banning the common newspaper practice of putting text on photos. "FIFA is not alone. Global sports organisations for sports from cricket to golf have imposed or are considering imposing simi- lar restrictions, all in the name of "protecting" their commercial rights programmes.