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    Major news agencies boycott India-England series

    New Delhi: News agencies Reuters and the Associated Press have decided to boycott the India-England Test series staring in Ahmedabad on Thursday protesting the Board of Cricket Control for India’s decision to bar photo agencies such as Getty Images and Action Images.“All clients please note that Reuters coverage of cricket events conducted under the auspices of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and, more immediately, the England tour of India will be suspended from November 15.“This is a direct result of a policy decision by the BCCI to exclude news agencies working only in the photographic medium from covering its events.“No reasonable explanation has been given for this policy, which we consider to unfairly discriminate against genuine editorial news agencies, including Action Images, a Thomson Reuters business.“Reuters is committed to providing its clients with accurate, unbiased and timely sports coverage and remains open to discussions with the BCCI should they decide to review their accreditation criteria,” a Reuters statement said.Meanwhile, the Associated Press stated, “The Associated Press will suspend text and photo coverage of the England cricket tour of India from midnight in India because Indian cricket authorities have imposed new restrictions on photographers covering the tour.“The AP will continue working with the News Media Coalition, a consortium of international media, with hopes of resolving the issues and will update customers with developments.”