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Feb 21, 2000, 03:07 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Online journalists will be banned from next week's CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. ... So far as British Web journalists are concerned, only those bearing a membership card from the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will be allowed past the front barricades."

"CeBIT's ruling affects online journalists from all over the world, including Dr. Thomas Pabst, CEO of Tom's Hardware Guide, the world's biggest hardware review site, with 1.1 million readers per month."

"This discrimination against online journalists means that CeBIT organisers are deciding which press can and cannot attend vendors' stands and presentations. With exhibitors' fees running into thousands of pounds for each, they are obviously banking on as much press coverage as possible -- both print and online. BM, unaware until today of CeBIT's policy, said: 'As far as we are concerned, we're encouraging as many journalists to come along to the stand as we can.' "

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