Agcom decisions on sport events

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Following a consultation with the main stakeholders, the Italian Communication Authority (Agcom) issued two new decisions (Decision n. 599/13/CONS and Decision n. 600/13/CONS) concerning radio and audiovisual media’s freedom of press during sport events.

The decisions reflect the effort to guarantee a balance between the freedom of press and the users’ rights, in accordance with the Media Services Unified Act (Testo unico dei servizi media audiovisivi e radiofonici).

In order to avoid overcrowding during sport events, Agcom underlined that the event organization agency, for security measures, would be allowed to indicate a maximum of press agents/journalists authorized to participate to the event, whilst in any event the access of at least a journalist and a cameraman should be guaranteed.

Furthermore, the Authority introduced the concept of “areas reserved to shootings”, which were described as the areas dedicated to interviews and, should the event organization agency not provide for any image of the event, also the bleachers and the gaming area.

Topics:  EU, Sports

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