Top news wire services boycotted the first Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, opposing the restrictions imposed by the BCCI on some photo agencies covering the tour.
International agencies Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press chose to suspend reports from the tour as well as pictures. The Press Association, national agency in the United Kingdom, will not also supply photographs, according to a release issued by the News Media Coalition (NMC).
"In addition to Getty Images, Action Images and two Indian photo agencies being barred, international news agencies have decided against providing pictorial or text coverage of the tour," the NMC, a coalition of international and domestic media organisations, said.
"The lock-out of photographic agencies by the Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) will result in cricket fans worldwide having sight of far fewer images taken by press photographers," the NMC said.
"Normally, agencies would distribute thousands of images as part of their editorial coverage – to the enjoyment of fans, the curious and sponsors of teams, such as Nike and Sahara," it added.
Editors of Britain’s national newspapers, too, added voice to the protests against the BCCI’s refusal to resolve the media dispute, it was reported on Thursday. It has emerged that the BCCI is concerned about leading image syndication organisations getting media accreditation and selling images to newspapers and advertisers to develop their business.
The board apparently feels that there’s a blurred line between journalism and business, and thus it is compelled to protect the game’s licensed rights. It’s wary of the fact that some agencies also claim copyrights to the images.
This paper understands that the BCCI believes that anyone with a camera can apply as a image syndication company and a check ought to be exercised.
(With inputs from agencies)