May 17, 2013

Counter Ban: 19 News Organizations Retaliate Against Beyoncé

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Beyoncé has really upset professional photographers.

The entertainer decided not to grant photographers access to her “Mrs. Carter Show” tour after being upset with some performance images that were taken following her half-time show at the Super Bowl.

The Houston-bred talent’s refusal to grant photo credentials has angered the National Press Photographers Association, who urged media outlets to not run the approved images Beyoncé plans to service to the press.

Now nineteen news organizations have asked Beyoncé to drop her refusal to issue photo credentials for her current “Mrs. Carter Show” tour of Europe and the United States.

Beyonce on tour

“While we understand your desire to maintain control over your client’s image as part of her ‘public relations’ we hope that you will appreciate and respect our position,” the letter said. “As representatives of the world’s preeminent journalism organizations, representing publications and broadcasters and their employees, we believe the public is best served by maintaining our independence rather than relying on hand-out photos of these events. We believe that removing the ban will help, not harm, your client’s image in the long run.

“Most recently the Manchester Evening News refused to use the ‘official pictures’ of your client’s May 7, 2013 performance in Manchester, England — instead illustrating the story with the very photo you had previously objected to. Similarly, the proliferation of cell phone cameras has not stopped the audience from photographing the performance. Your ban has resulted in the posting of intentionally created prank photographs of Beyoncé that have been far more unflattering than the original ones and which have gone viral. Ending the ban is more likely to result in publication of fair, objective and mutually beneficial photographs that serve your interests and ours. . . .”

The letter to Beyoncé was signed by Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, on behalf of the Associated Press Media Editors; Radio Television Digital News Association; American Society of News Editors; News Media Coalition; California Broadcasters Association; Newspaper Association of America; North Jersey Media Group Inc.; Los Angeles Times; National Public Radio, Inc.; Association of Alternative Newsmedia; E.W. Scripps Co.; New York Daily News; Picture Archive Council of America; Society of Professional Journalists; American Society of Media Photographers; WNET; the First Amendment Coalition; the Online News Association and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

As of now, there has been no response from Beyoncé’s camp.

Beyonce performing


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