The Ottawa Jazz Festival has denied media accreditation (access to their festival) for the fifth consecutive year to OttawaJazzScene.ca's publisher and journalist/photojournalist Brett Delmage. No reason was received in response to our inquiry.
The festival's denial is in stark contrast to other festivals (Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Merrickville's Jazzfest, and major institutions including the National Arts Centre), who have given OttawaJazzScene.ca us the full access required to do our work and provide full reporting, including photography. This has resulted in the loss of one-half of our resources to report about the festival and the artists performing in it.
We strongly disagree with this action. The Ottawa Jazz Festival has received significant funding from Federal, Ontario, and City of Ottawa taxpayers. It should be fully open to reporting by bona-fide journalists.
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