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Bahrain - Apr 20, 2012 - 08:46

Last modified: 20 Apr 2012 05:46

While international sports correspondents are in Bahrain for the race, non-sports reporters from the Reuters news agency and some other news organisations have not been granted visas to visit the Gulf island.

According to reports, journalists from the Associated Press news agency, the AFP news agency, and Sky News have also been prevented from entering the country.

An AFP photographer, accredited by the sport's governing body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), was informed by Bahrain's information affairs authority that there has been a "delay to your visa application, so it might not be processed".

Associated Press said two of its Dubai-based journalists were prevented from covering the Grant Prix because they could not receive entry visas, despite being accredited by the FIA.

Meanwhile, according to the AFP, cameramen already in Bahrain were required to keep fluorescent orange stickers on their cameras so that they would be easily recognisable to ensure they do not cover any off-track events, such as ongoing protests.

Simeon Kerr, from the Financial Times, tweeted last night that he was denied access to Bahrain to cover the Formula One: