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Fairfax Media joins Gold Coast Commonwealth Games boycott

The number of local media covering the medal ceremonies at Gold Coast 2018 is set to drastically drop over strict non-rights holder policies. (Photo: Gold Coast 2018)
by Roslyn Morris, Honorary AIPS Secretary General

SYDNEY, December 7, 2017 - Fairfax Media has refused to sign up its journalists up for accreditation to next year's Commonwealth Games.

Publisher of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times, and The Australian Financial Review Fairfax is the latest Australian media organisation to take action against strict coverage rules imposed by the Commonwealth Games Federation designed to protect the TV rights of host broadcaster Channel Seven.

Under the restrictions publishers must obey a 30-minute delay for broadcasting content gathered at news conferences, and limit digital news bulletins to a maximum of 60 seconds a day across no more than three bulletins a day.

The Fairfax announcement follows News Corp Australia's refusal to accredit their journalists for the Games that will take place from April 4-15, 2018.

The boycott means News Corpís Gold Coast Bulletin - the city's only newspaper and a sponsor of the Games - will not cover the event from inside official venues.

Australian Association Press (AAP) is still in negotiations over accreditation.

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