Drawing by Chris Robinson
In Britain, several newspapers have devised novel and innovative ways to protest a craven ban on photographers by a football (soccer) club (team). The club is refusing accreditation to any outside photographers "in a plain and simple cash grab," hoping to force the media into purchasing photos from the team's approved supplier.
To protest the ban, one newspaper, the Plymouth Herald, didn't use photographs at all in reporting a recent game—it used drawings, including the one above showing the winning goal. Another paper, the Sun, ran a game report without once mentioning the names of the offending team or any of its players.
I hope someone from that part of the world will keep us apprised of future developments.
(Thanks to WLH)
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Featured Comment by Tony Collins: "I was at school with the artist Chris Robinson. He has been instrumental in setting up a trust to rescue a huge archive of westcountry press photos and negatives that were about to be thrown out: The South West Image Bank."
Featured Comment by John Beardsworth: "Letting clubs determine what photographs get published is a fast track to sport news and sports journalism becoming just another sanitised, mendacious arm of PR.
"To give you an example of the harm this can do, at my club there's been a long-running fans' protest campaign against the owners and their leveraged financing scam that's eating £50m a year out of our profits—money that could be better invested in the team, for one thing. The campaign is non-violent (bar one or two idiots) and a very visible part of it is to boycott official merchandise and wear the club's original green and gold colours rather than our red and white. The club does what it can to silence the campaign, for instance banning players from talking about it and taking down banners with 'controversial' slogans such as 'LUHG' (it means Love United Hate Glazers). But they can't stop people wearing the colours in the stadium or the anti-Glazer chants. Imagine if the suits could control what pictures were shown though. That's just one well-known example.
"This makes me loathe Southampton even more than I have done since 1976.... Don't ask!"