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Media coverage threat over India-England cricket series

  • Major international news agencies are expected to suspend coverage of the India versus England series.

    The decision comes after the Indian cricket board banned photo agencies from covering the series that begins later today in Ahmedabad.

    The News Media Coalition (NMC), which promotes freedom of the media, has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lift the restrictions on local and international picture agencies.

    "In our view, the BCCI's move will hit fans and cricket sponsors alike. The BCCI has offered to make its own photographs available but this is no substitute for independent and objective press photography," NMC executive director Andrew Moger said in a statement.

    NMC members include Thomson Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, Britain’s Press Association and the international photo agency Getty Images.

    Most of the agencies have announced they will suspend text and photo coverage if the restrictions are not revoked.