Letter sent by Michael Bascombe,

"I greet you with news that the organisers of the 43rd CARIFTA Games in Martinique (April 19-21, 2014) have included a media accreditation fee of US$100.00. (See extract from Technical Manual below).

This will be in addition to other fees – travel and accommodation and a VISA to enter the French territory. In some islands, an applicant will have to travel to a nearby French Consulate/Embassy.

In 2013, and through appeals from the Association of Caribbean Media (ACM) and the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the organisers of the CARIFTA Games in Nassau and the Cayman Invitational rescinded on their plans to charge media accreditation fees.

We again appeal to the organisers of regional sporting events to give clarity on the reason(s) journalists should pay for credentials to carry out their jobs.

We reiterate that any attempt to impose a fee on the media is considered a restriction of trade for our profession.

In fact, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has continued to assist the media in many ways including at its global sporting events.

We humbly request that the organisers of the CARIFTA Games 2014 reconsider their plans to impose an accreditation fee on the media.

15. MEDIA **

Media accreditation forms can be found in the Appendices. Completed forms must be received by on or before midnight March 31st 2014. Please ensure that applications from media houses in your country are stamped by your Federation. The media accreditation fee is US$100 per person.

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