CAF to tackle improper behavior by journalists at AFCON
The Confederation of African Football is taking steps to tackle what it calls the “escalating unbecoming and unprofessional” conduct of journalists at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
it met with the local organizing committee and police to find workable
solutions, and that it had raised its concerns with several organizations
representing journalists at the tournament.
forward any media practitioner who is involved in wild celebrations and abuses
other media colleagues will be immediately removed by security and his/her
accreditation will be withdrawn,” said CAF, which said the same goes for “any
media representative who is involved in a fight in media areas or physical
also said that filming in the media tribune and live streaming from the mixed
zone are prohibited, and that vulgar language toward coaches or players will
not be tolerated.
journalists were involved in a standoff with the Ghana team after its
group-stage exit when it became clear that the players were avoiding the
customary post-game mixed zone. The players were escorted to the team bus amid
Wednesday, the International Sports Press Association condemned journalists’
“deplorable” behavior at this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
accredited reporters covering the tournament have been wearing their national
team jerseys and vocally supporting their teams during games, loudly
celebrating any goals or victories.
have also been frequent arguments among media scrambling for buses at the
tournament, while there were also altercations between Guinean and Senegalese
journalists before their nations’ group game, and between Moroccan media and
South African representatives during their teams’ match.