03 Aug 2016
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has created a web-based reporting tool which enables journalists and media representatives working on Olympic Games-related coverage to lodge a complaint to the IOC following a press freedom violation they may have experienced.
After launching an integrity and compliance hotline to fight corruption and competition manipulation, and a harassment and abuse in sport reporting tool for athletes, the IOC is launching a press freedom violations reporting tool. Open to journalists and media representatives, this complaint mechanism is intended specifically for those who may have experienced a violation of their press freedom in the context of their reporting on the organisation and staging of the Olympic Games. Journalists and media representatives now have the opportunity to directly alert the IOC, who in turn can raise concerns with the appropriate authorities.
How to access the new reporting tool
Available in English and French, the reporting tool can be accessed via the IOC website at www.olympic.org/mediacomplaint. The reporting is guided by a set of questions to facilitate the gathering of important facts regarding the plaintiff and the alleged incident, and, where available, evidence.
The creation of the reporting tool follows the unanimous approval of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, and consultation with the Committee to Protect Journalists, in order to help ensure that media can report freely on the organisation and staging of the Olympic Games.For all non-Games-related media complaints, the IOC recommends individuals redirect their concern to the relevant international organisations. The Committee to Protect Journalists, for instance, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.