Germany’s largest newspaper boycotts Confederations Cup over press restrictions
26th April 2017
Germany’s highest selling newspaper, Bild, has decided to boycott the Confederations Cup in Russia this summer over press freedom restrictions.
Journalists being given entry to Russia for the event have been informed that they will not be able to freely travel in the country.
The guidelines issued to reporters in media organisations with approved accreditation state that they will be allowed to “solely cover the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and related events” and only work “on the territory of the host cities and cultural sites located nearby”.
Bild decided to go public with the demands and boycott the tournament, which serves as preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
“A journalist who cannot report everything he sees is not a journalist, but a propagandist,” the German daily wrote.
“Bild will not send any reporter to the Confederations Cup as long as this censorship applies.”
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