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No tweeting at the Olympics?

posted at 11:18 am on November 11, 2013 by

Apparently Olympic officials still haven’t accepted that Twitter is part of new media and journalism. More from Buzzfeed:

Any journalist who uses a phone, tablet, or pocket camera to take photos and shoot videos at the Sochi Winter Olympics will be stripped of accreditation on the spot.

Journalists who use amateur-standard technology to take photos or videos of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be kicked out immediately, the head of the Olympic accreditation committee says.

Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, which controls accreditation at February’s games, told a seminar for sports journalists on Friday that print reporters using any sort of multimedia would be “considered a serious violation and lead to their accreditation being canceled,” several Russian outlets reported. Only journalists with professional equipment and special badges will be allowed to do so.

“Organizers won’t be able to have any effect on normal spectators, but supporters will be banned from bringing reflex cameras and nonprofessional equipment to the competitions,” Konov added.

Thoughts? I think banning “real journalists” from using their phones to bring people information is ridiculous.

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Time to get Bluetooth-enabled DSLRs and pair them with the in-the-pocket cell phones.

Steve Eggleston on November 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Yes, by all means don’t make it possible to report on your Olympics. Rely only on word-of-mouth to publicize the event.

How did they manage to get an Olympic torch to the International Space Station last week, and they don’t understand how worldwide social media works?

DarthBrooks on November 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Who’s running the Olympics in Sochi? The Obama White House?

flipflop on November 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Hmmmm… maybe I can sell this forty pound, over the shoulder, VCR camcorder after all. Does Russia have an EBAY?

kh6zv9 on November 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

That they seriously think they can control the flow of information via social media in this day and age is mind-boggling. Countries actively engaged in civil war have people still managing to get news on social media. This is a losing effort for the Olympics.

Shump on November 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, which controls accreditation at February’s games

Knee-jerk, reflexive action by the Russian news agency.

Journalists who use amateur-standard technology to take photos or videos

So amateur-standard is a threat to professional, high-definition standard technology? Good to know.

rbj on November 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

will be banned from bringing reflex cameras

Huh? “Reflex” cameras would seem to be single-lens reflex (or SLR) cameras – which would be the most professional type of camera you could use, even digital. Confusing.

GWB on November 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Why would they attempt to restrict the coverage?

Because they can.

Adjoran on November 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

will be banned from bringing reflex cameras

So cameras won’t be able to play “The Reflex” by Duran Duran? Well THAT’S a bummer.

Marcola on November 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Some camera’s have wifi so you can upload easily.

El_Terrible on November 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I notice Google Glass isn’t restricted under these guidelines.

Ooops.

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

…so…let’s not send any of the politburo press… from here?

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Th t’s ok, there hasn’t been a real journalist in Russia in years, anyway.

NeoCon_1 on November 12, 2013 at 8:29 AM

“Hmmmm… maybe I can sell this forty pound, over the shoulder, VCR camcorder after all. Does Russia have an EBAY?”

Is it diesel-powered? THen they can use it, as in demonstrated in this classic Second City bit:

CCCP-1: Do Not Adjust Your Set

kd6rxl on November 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I think it’s great. They still have a space program, and they ban tweeting. What’s not to like?

Rusty Allen on November 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

This is same song, different verse for the International Olympic Committee. They’ve done a wonderful job of running track & field into the ground and will continue to do so.

hurricain on November 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

They want to control the photographs coming out of the games. That doesn’t really surprise me. Frankly, I am tired of everybody taking photos with their damn cell phones, especially when they are driving. Doctors have begun banning cell phones from most areas where people undress.

SC.Charlie on November 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM