Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Australia's largest newspaper publisher refuses to sign accreditation agreement for World Cup

Australia's largest newspaper publisher is threatening to boycott Rugby World Cup match venues, saying it cannot agree to accreditation terms which restrict online coverage of the Sept. 9-Oct. 23 tournament in New Zealand. News Ltd. group editorial director Campbell Reid told the company's national newspaper, The Australian, that media accreditation terms were too restrictive.
"Our ability to cover the event is better if we don't sign the accreditation," Reid said. "It is about freedom of speech and our ability to make decisions on what is news."
Reid said News Ltd., owned by global media giant News Corporation, objects to restrictions on the duration of video highlights it is permitted to use in online formats and what markets have access to the content in the digital media.
But the International Rugby Board said negotiations were ongoing.

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