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CAF Imposes Crackdown on Disruptive Behaviour from AFCON Reporters

The ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the Ivory Coast has been marred by poor behavior from journalists, prompting the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to issue a new set of guidelines and tighten up media access. Away from the action on the pitch, actions of journalists have been an unhappy subplot, with incidents of abuse, fighting, and near-nudity making headlines from the press box.

The CAF has taken steps to reduce what they deem as “unprofessional and unbecoming behavior” after consulting with Ivorian authorities. The organization has announced a zero-tolerance approach to fighting among journalists, abuse of players and coaches, and the use of vulgar language.

The International Sports Press Association has also expressed their concern over the behavior of some media practitioners during the tournament, stating that the media workspaces have been transformed into something akin to a boxing ring, dance floor, or performance zone.

In response to these issues, media access to certain matches has been regulated to a degree not previously seen at the tournament, with a maximum number of journalists allowed in the media tribune and restrictions on photographers’ access.

Overall, the incidents of unprofessional behavior by journalists at AFCON have led to a crackdown from CAF and raises questions about media conduct and ethics in sports journalism.
The recent behavior of journalists at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the Ivory Coast has prompted the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to implement a new set of guidelines and to tighten media access in consultation with the local police. The poor conduct of journalists at the event has been a disappointing side story to the action on the field, with incidents of abuse, fighting, and inappropriate behavior making headlines from the press box.

A statement issued by CAF on Friday revealed that the football governing body of the continent has taken steps to address what they perceive as “unprofessional and inappropriate behavior” after discussing the situation with Ivorian authorities. CAF has announced a zero-tolerance approach to abusive language, fighting, wild celebrations, and unprofessional behavior in the media areas and has stated that accreditation will be withdrawn from any media practitioner involved in such behavior.

In light of recent incidents, media access to certain matches has been regulated, with a maximum number of journalists and limited access for photographers in an effort to maintain order and professionalism at the event. These steps have been put in place in a concerted effort to ensure professional media conduct and uphold the integrity of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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