News Agencies suspend coverage of Rugby World Cup
The AP and other leading news agencies have stated they will not cover the Rugby World Cup.
A day before the opening of the showcase tournament, the world's three leading news agencies suspended coverage Thursday of the Rugby World Cup in a dispute with the sport's governing body over media restrictions.
The Associated Press said its journalists would not attend any World Cup events until the dispute over media credentials is resolved with the International Rugby Board. Reuters and Agence-France Presse also said they were suspending coverage.
The AP said it hopes for a resolution soon and to be able to return to full coverage of the six-week tournament before play begins Friday with the opening match between host France and Argentina.
The issue revolves around a contract the IRB wanted the news agencies to sign which would limit the number of photos that could be posted online to 40 images and other limitations.
A requirement that news organizations post no more than 40 images online from matches in progress, despite an agreement in principle with the IRB two weeks ago that would have allowed several hundred. A limit of no more than three minutes of news conference or locker room video posted online per match.
Seems like a great opportunity for spectators to whip out their digicams and cell phone cams and document the event.