IOC slams BCCI officials over preventing press photographers from covering ongoing England vs. India series

Johannesburg, Nov. 18 (ANI): The International Olympic Committee has slammed Indian cricketing officials, accusing them of attacking 'press freedom' by preventing photographers from covering games between India and England.

IOC Press Commission Chairperson Kevan Gosper called on cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), to intervene in the matter and allow news organisations free access to the cricket games between two of the world's top teams.

International news organisations, including The Associated Press, suspended text and photo coverage of England's cricket tour of India on Wednesday because of new restrictions introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sport24 reports.

"The IOC strongly disagrees with these moves by the BCCI, which we believe are a direct attack on the freedom of the media to report from sporting events, and shows contempt for the sporting public around the world who would otherwise like to follow these important matches," Gosper said in a statement.

According to the report, while the BCCI has barred photo-only agencies from covering games and made a small number of its own photographs available to media.

"Photographers are news gatherers, and must be granted appropriate access to do their job. We would hope that the ICC intervene and that sports administrators refrain from interfering with and placing restrictions on the vitally important role of media to freely report from sporting events," Gosper added.

The Associated Press is currently working with the News Media Coalition, a consortium of international media, to try to resolve the issue, the report said. (ANI)

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