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BCCI Restrictions On Photo Agencies For India-England Series Could Impact Online Content

The News Media Coalition, an international organization which counts several news companies as its members, has said that a policy of the Board of Cricket Control for India (sic) for the current India-England Cricket series, will not allow independent photographic news agencies like Getty Images, Action Images and Indian photographic agencies to report on the proceedings of the game. (Hat Tip: Prem Panicker) NMC has deplored the decision of the BCCI, saying that as a result of this policy, Cricket fans will "see far fewer images taken by specialist press photographers in their newspapers, websites, on mobile news services and tablets." The BCCI will make its own photographs available, the organization claims, "but this is no substitute for independent and objective press photography". The test match begins tomorrow in Ahmedabad. NMC members include: Thomson Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, the international photo agency Getty Images, the Press Association, the numerous British titles via the Newspaper Publishers Association, the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA), the European Publishers Council (EPC), the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA), and others. The Associated Press has said that it may be forced to suspend text and photo coverage of England's cricket tour of India, and Thomson Reuters has also said that it is "unable to confirm coverage" of the series. We've written to the NMC for a copy of the BCCI's media guidelines for the series, which we couldn't locate on their website. The implications of this move are significant for the Internet: websites typically unable…

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