The International Federation of Journalism (IFJ) denounced * the intention of the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympic Games to proceed with GPS tracking of the movements of some 6,000 foreign journalists who will have to cover this sporting event (23 July / 8 August) , citing an “attack” on privacy and freedom of the press.
In a press release, the IFJ estimated that “the implementation of such a precaution deprives journalists of their right to privacy and limits press freedom”.
In this sense, she called on the organizing committee “to repeal this provision and to discuss other means of maintaining the safety of all participants with journalists and their unions”.
This “GPS surveillance will pass through the monitoring of the phones of members of the media”, who will have to keep active the localization function and to save the associated data “, also observes the federation.
Note that due to the persistence of the pandemic, journalists covering this planetary sports high mass must provide a detailed list of the places they plan to go during their first two weeks in Japan, such as the Olympic venues and their hotels. .
Last week, the chair of the Tokyo-2020 organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto, announced that foreign media representatives would be constantly geolocated by GPS and required to comply with the restrictions imposed on pain of losing their accreditation.
Tokyo-2020 later clarified that it would not be real-time monitoring but intended to trace movements a posteriori in the event of a problem.