FIFA has banned publication of digital images from World Cup matches until an hour after the final whistle.
The ban is one of the new rules announced this week regarding press coverage of next year’s tournament.
newspapers will be largely unaffected, but internet publishers are
expected to refrain from using incoming live pictures until the embargo
has passed. There are no provisions at all for publishing newspaper
content on mobile telephones.
“This is a severe curb on the
freedom of editors,” said the director general of the World Association
of Newspapers (WAN), Timothy Balding.
“FIFA has reduced the publication time delay from two hours to one after WAN’s representations,” he added.
“We don’t see any rational reason for any time restrictions at all.”