Reuters barred from Olympic Ceremony

International news wire service, Reuters, has been denied press passes to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea, after it disobeyed an embargo by leaking photos of the flame lighting rehearsal.

The draconian punishment was dished out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the PyeongChang Organising Committee.

Reuters transmitted the nine photos taken by German veteran staff photographer, Fabrizio Bensch, on Monday, and quickly removed them after an angry IOC made the embargo breach known.

According to Korean news agency, Yonhap, the IOC said it ‘disapproved the issuing of passes towards Reuters in reporting and photographing the opening ceremony’.

Bensch’s media accreditation has also been revoked for the entire event.

This is a rare hiccup by Reuters, which may disappoint its clients by not having any image content available from media viewing areas.

The PyeongChang Committee says it will ‘enforce strong penalties on media companies and their reporters who disobey embargoes of the opening and closing ceremonies as requested by the IOC and the organizing committee’.


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