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Tribunal Social Media Channels Go Live

Press Release
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)

The Hague, 1 October 2010

Tribunal Social Media Channels Go Live

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia launched its official accounts on the social media networks YouTube and Twitter in an effort to aid its policy of a transparent judicial process and to bring the activities of the court closer to the public.

Through the Tribunal’s YouTube channel and its Twitter, members of the media and the public may follow ongoing trials and court developments as well as access video archives.

“This is another historic step taken by the Tribunal in its drive to ensure greater judicial transparency and accessibility,” said ICTY Registrar John Hocking.

In addition to viewing selected clips of guilty pleas, witness testimonies and short documentaries on the Tribunal and its work, online users will soon be able to view past initial appearances and judgements. The ICTY’s YouTube channel currently houses more than 200 videos in English, French, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

The Tribunal currently tweets news on the latest court activities and developments, including court decisions and other legal documents as they are received. It is also poised to tweet live from judgements and important press conferences. Followers will likewise receive up-to-date court schedules and immediate notifications in case of schedule changes and breaking news.
The public may subscribe to the Tribunal’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ICTYtv and may follow its tweets at http://www.twitter.com/ICTYnews.

These social networks have been developed as part of the Tribunal’s Outreach Programme and complement information services provided by the ICTY website and its media office.


For further information about this project the media can contact Nerma Jelačić,
Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers at jelacic [at] un.org and +31 65 357 8006

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