Press asked to pay £100 to take a pic

Press photographers are boycotting this year’s Carnival en masse as organisers say they have to pay £100 to cover the event, according to the Press Gazette. Hacks who want to cover the event have been asked to sign up to an accreditation scheme which will give them access to press areas and to a ‘press tower’ which is being installed this year. Once they have paid the outrageous fee they also have to agree to share their work with organiser London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust. The accreditation form states: “In the interests of safety of everyone involved, accredited press are asked to keep within the designated areas, behind the barriers.” Really, who is going to pay £100 to take a photo? Like most other photographers we’ll be bringing you up-to-date photos but not from the overpriced Golden Tower.

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