Coverage row mars landmark series

Published: Dec 25, 2012, 07:42 IST | AFP

Pakistan's first cricket tour to India in five years faced a media blackout yesterday after international news agencies, including AFP, suspended coverage over a decision to bar their photo counterparts

News outlets said they would not be filing any text or pictures after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to accredit the international picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images as well as two Indian agencies. 

“It is regrettable that the politically-charged Pakistan tour will be affected by the BCCI’s failure to recognise the long-standing importance of photographic news agencies in the flow of sport and news images every day,” said the News Media Coalition, which represents a group of media organisations including AFP.

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