Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sports codes 'threat' to press freedom

THE future of global press freedom will be at risk if sporting codes can pick and choose what a news organisation is allowed to report online, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has warned a Senate inquiry into online sports reporting.

The inquiry may set a precedent for how news organisations cover sports on digital media around the world and have a major effect on the value of sports broadcasting rights.

In its submission, WAN alluded to examples of journalists being banned (such as Cricket Australia's online reporting restrictions to protect the rights of some of its sponsors, including Hutchison's "3"). WAN likened telcos restricting reporting rights to paper manufacturers deciding what was printed in newspapers.

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