National and International media outlets will stage a de facto boycott of some of the popular locations during London’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend.
It comes on the heels of a decision by carnival organizers to impose a £100 accreditation fee for Photographers, reporters and camera crews to cover the annual free street festival, and their demand for shared rights to articles, blogs and pictures.
Given the fact that up to one million revellers will be attending the event and many will be taking photographs on their phones, news groups took the decision to cover the carnival from among the crowd and without official accreditation.
“I would characterise it as a creeping control and erosion of legitimate and long-held journalistic freedoms,” said Andrew Moger, executive director of the News Media Coalition (NMC), an international body representing publishers and news agencies.
The weekend kicks off on the Saturday night with the free Panorama concert, at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, from 6pm until 10pm.
Sunday it’s all about J’Ouvert, with the fun starting from 10am until 8.30pm.
Then on Monday during the Bank Holiday the main parade will take place.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Notting Hill Carnival is recognised as Europe’s largest street festival.
(Photo via standard.co.uk)