AP pulls coverage from LPGA tournament due to suspect credential demands

The Associated Press is reporting from Kapolei, Hawaii, that they have been refused credentials to cover the Ladies Professional Golf Association Fields Open golf tournament in an ongoing dispute over new credential restrictions on use of its stories and photographs. This morning the National Press Photographers Association voiced support for AP’s refusal to agree to the LPGA’s new credential requirements.

AP says that reporter Jaymes Song and photographer Ronen Zilberman (an NPPA member since 1998) were not allowed on the course to cover practice rounds or access to the media room after refusing to sign an LPGA credential form that contained new restrictions. One of the restrictions AP objects to is that photographers, by signing the form, agree that the LPGA has an unlimited, perpetual right to use their photographs for free.

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