- The Washington Times - Monday, November 11, 2013

Journalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be banned from taking photos or videos with smartphones or other personal technology, and violators will be ejected from the event and stripped of their accreditation, authorities said.

“Journalists using mobile phones to film athletes or spectators will be considered a serious violation and will result in cancellation of accreditation,” said Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, which controls accreditation at the games.

That means reporters will not be able to use their smartphones or other kind of technology that can send instant updates, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, Fox News reported. Only journalists with professional equipment and special badges will be allowed to take photos and video, according to Buzzfeed.

“Organizers won’t be able to have any effect on normal spectators, but supporters will be banned from bringing reflex cameras and nonprofessional equipment to the competitions,” Mr. Konov said Friday at the National Forum, a training seminar for sports journalists in Sochi.

According to Buzzfeed, Mr. Konov later denied that he had said the ban was in place. Radio Free Europe, however, also reported him as saying the same thing.