La Liga’s ‘positive’ broadcasting restrictions spark media concern

Last update: September 21, 2022, 23:58 IST

La Liga has a requirement in their broadcast rules that winning bidders for television rights for Spain’s top flight in the 2022-23 season must cover the league “positively”.

Journalists’ associations in Spain have complained about the bans, which state that the league can ask anyone not to comply to remove them from their position.

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“(The winning broadcasters undertake that) the production will be carried out in a positive manner, avoiding damage to the image of the competition, club, players, coaches and fans,” read the guidelines for the broadcasting tender.

“If these principles have been violated, La Liga will inform the recipient of the prize so that he does not reoffend in violation, requesting the replacement of commentators and journalists who have violated the above principles.”

Teresa Ribeiro, the OSCE representative on media freedom, expressed concern about the restrictions announced on Wednesday.

“The new conditions unreasonably limit media freedom and people’s right to information,” Ribeiro said. “This, unfortunately, is becoming a growing practice in the world of football.”

A La Liga source told AFP the bans were designed to “avoid tabloid topics and players’ family issues” during broadcasts of games and during post-match interviews.

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