FIFA and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) have decided to set up a joint working group to try to resolve some of the differences about how media can cover the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
This decision was taken at a meeting on 9 January at FIFA headquarters in Zurich between representatives of the two organizations chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. The WAN delegation included a representative of the major global news agencies, AFP, AP, Reuters and Getty.
WAN has asked FIFA to eliminate restrictions on the use of photographs in digital publishing, including on the Internet.
The goal of the working group will be to attempt to find mutually agreeable solutions to the current different positions, including the existing post-match embargo of one hour on the publication of photos, as well as editorial restrictions on the use of photographs in printed editions of newspapers and the manner in which photos can be distributed.
FIFA invited WAN to name a representative to its Media Committee, which deals with all matters related to working conditions of media at FIFA events.
The two organizations agreed to meet again within a month to review progress.