PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- International news agency Reuters has been denied access to the opening ceremony of next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics after it filed several photos of the rehearsal without permission, according to the Olympic organizing committee Monday.
The London-based media company transmitted several photo items showing the Olympic cauldron being lit up with fire during a rehearsal conducted late Sunday at the Olympic Main Stadium in PyeongChang. The company later pulled the items following protests from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the PyeongChang organizing committee.
As penalty, the IOC "disapproved the issuing of passes towards Reuters in reporting and photographing the opening ceremony," the organizing committee of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics said in a statement. The IOC also revoked the media accreditation of the photographer representing Reuters.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the quadrennial sporting event are customarily kept under comprehensive media embargoes. Outlets that violate the embargoes are often penalized by losing access. The IOC has also asked South Korean media companies that used the unauthorized Reuters contents to remove them.
The PyeongChang organizing committee said it plans to "enforce strong penalties on media companies and their reporters who disobey embargoes of the opening and closing ceremonies as requested by the IOC and the organizing committee."
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