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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. are all banned

If you're going to be a reporter at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, don't even think about using your smartphone to post photos on social networks. 

According to a new report from The Atlantic Wire, reporters at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games this February are banned from using their smartphones to post photos to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine or Facebook.

The consequence for breaking this rule is steep: loss of media access.


Yes, reporters who post photos on social apps in real time will lose accreditation for the event. Vasily Konov, the state-run RIA's top sports journalist, made this very clear. 

Only photographers with special passes and proper equipment, like D-SLR and digital video cameras, will be able to cover the Olympic events. 

While the most recent 2012 Summer Olympics in London had similar rules, many find it odd that Russia is implementing such a harsh consequence. 

Source: The Atlantic Wire



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The IOC changed its policy
By The Von Matrices on 11/11/2013 4:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
I can see how this might be associated with a Russian media crackdown, but in reality they are just enforcing the rule stated for the 2012 Olympics. You can't complain about increased enforcement of an existing rule.

However, the IOC just stated that it changed it policy and will be allowing accredited journalists to post images to social media (it's still unclear as to their policy regarding the public, but I doubt they could actually track down the individuals posting and remove them. ftw.usatoday.com/2013/11/ioc-spokesman-journalists- free-to-instagram-at-sochi-olympics/




RE: The IOC changed its policy
By FaaR on 11/11/2013 6:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry, Russian Schutzstaffel/police are already hard at work repressing and harassing foreign journalists in preparation of next year's olympic games: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/norwegian...

Expect reports of a lot more of this before, during and after the games. Putin does not allow any dissent.


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