ICC stumps broadcasters from covering crucial WC matches

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Mumbai, Mar 29: This was a damp squib to Indian broadcasters who made the adrenaline-hiking semi-final match between Indian and Pakistan tomorrow nothing short of a media circus. The much anticipated match to be held in Mohali has just received its first blow when the International Cricket Council (ICC) cancelled the accreditation of broadcast journalists to cover the rest of the World Cup matches.

Citing no rhyme or reason for such a move, the move has left broadcasters in a tizzy on what needs to be the next course of action. The move specifically targets the broadcast medium. This could also mean that they would not be able to cover pre and post match press conferences as well as the practice sessions of the teams.

The matter was conveyed by the ICC in an e-mail sent late last night.

The case has been taken up seriously by the Broadcast Editors" Association (BEA) who vehemently condemned the decision. Shazi Zaman, President, BEA, said on the move, “ICC is withdrawing accreditation of the entire electronic media. This means we are deprived of covering not just matches, but also an Indo-Pak political event. This is infringement of media rights."

A group of news editors intends to take up the issue to the Broadcasting Ministry, and will meet the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni today in this regard.

Some reports has emerged saying, the reason for the surprise move could be because certain media channels did not adhere to the code of conduct stipulated by the ICC and other media guidelines. Certain sections of the media reported that the ICC had given the non-rights holders (NRH) time till Monday to give a declaration that says they would abide by the rules set forth by the ICC so as to get the media accreditation. They were also warned that, failure to do so will disqualify them to cover the mega event.

A source within the ICC also reveled that there have been a number of violations during the course of the tournament, that was brought to the notice of those violating. Despite the continuous warnings, the infringements continued that led the ICC to take such a severe action.

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