NZME On Olympics Pullout Statement

Caption: Shayne Currie.

 

NZME Publishing regretfully announces that we are cancelling our accreditation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
This has been a difficult decision but ultimately we cannot accept what we view as unduly restrictive and unnecessary News Access Rules as proposed by the New Zealand rights holder, Sky Television. These do not allow for fair-use of copyright material in accordance with the New Zealand Copyright Act and have the potential to impact heavily on our ability to cover the Games in a fair and meaningful way.
We also believe that they run counter to the Olympic charter.
As a result, NZME Publishing – publisher of New Zealand’s biggest newspaper, the NZ Herald; one of the two largest New Zealand news websites, nzherald.co.nz; and six regional daily newspapers – will no longer be sending a team of journalists to Rio.
Through our syndicated agencies and partnerships, plus with our award-winning sports journalists in New Zealand, we will be doing our utmost to provide the best Games coverage possible.

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