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Karadžić Trial – Final Media Information

Radovan Karadžić Trial – 13 - 15 April 2010

Final Media Information

Media Accreditation

Media require specific accreditation to enter the Tribunal building and the public gallery of Courtroom I.

The accreditation period is now closed.

Collection of Accreditation

Accreditation must be collected between 09:30 and 12:00 on Tuesday, 13 April from the Tribunal’s main entrance. Journalists are advised to keep the accreditation ticket throughout their stay.
Court Building Media Facilities

The Tribunal’s lobby will be equipped with work spaces, power outlets and WiFi. The hearings will be broadcast on screens in the lobby with a 30 minute delay. Break out boxes for the audio and video feeds are available. There are no public phones.

Television and Radio

No filming is allowed inside the Tribunal. The filming of the court proceedings is carried out by the ICTY. The audio-visual feed will be distributed with a 30 minute delay.

SNG Trucks

Limited space is available in the vicinity of the Tribunal’s building for SNG trucks. The Tribunal does not issue accreditations for SNG trucks and spaces are taken on a “first come first served” basis. Trucks parked in non-designated area will be asked to move by local authorities.

Limited break out boxes for the audio and video feeds are available. However, media organisations must ensure that they have an adequate supply of cabling and power.

Security Procedures
 Main Entrance

All persons entering the building are subject to security checks of their person and belongings. No one is permitted access to the building without complying fully with the requirements of the Tribunal's security officers. All members of the press must present their accreditation ticket and a press card or photographic identification at the entrance.

Access to the Tribunal's Lobby

Persons with accreditation to access the Tribunal’s lobby must remain within that area of the building. They will not be allowed into the public gallery of the Courtroom.

Access to Tribunal's Gallery

Once in the court building persons who have been granted accreditation to access the public gallery of the courtroom are required to pass through an additional security check. Persons will be required to show both the building and public gallery accreditations. No electronic equipment whatsoever will be allowed in to the courtroom’s public gallery. Please do not carry mobiles, cameras or other such electronic devices.

It is possible to leave these items with the ICTY Security in the deposit boxes at the main entrance of the Tribunal. If you use ICTY storage, please plan for extra time to store your items and be reminded the Tribunal shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any items or equipment.

Proceedings Broadcast on Web

The hearing will be broadcast with a 30 minute delay on the Tribunal’s website.
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Proceedings on Satellite

The Tribunal will endeavour to place courtroom proceedings on Intelsat with the following coordinates:

Satellite name: Intelsat 907
DVB- PAL system
C band download frequency- 4109.809
FEC QPSK ¾ / B polarization (left circular)
Position 27.5 degrees west
Not encrypted - in the clear
Symbol rate – 1.384144
Audio – 2 channels, Stereo
Please note the Tribunal can in no way guarantee this service and broadcasters are advised not to rely exclusively upon it.

  Court Formalities

The Presiding Judge is responsible for the dignity and decorum of the courtroom proceedings and may order that any person be removed from the public gallery at any time. The formal entry of the Judges of the Tribunal will be announced by an usher who will ask all present to rise. All present will stand and remain standing until after the Judges have taken their seats. A similar procedure will be followed at the close or any adjournment of the proceedings. Spectators are asked to remain standing until all Judges have left the courtroom.


The official languages of the Tribunal are English and French. All public proceedings can be followed in the courtroom gallery through the use of portable headsets in either: English, or French, as well as Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian (BCS).

For further information please contact:
ICTY Media Office
Tel: +31 70 512-8752; 512-5343; 512-5356
or email
press [at] icty.org (subject: Journalist%20Question%20on%20Karadzic%20Trial%20Start) ()
ICTY Spokesperson - Nerma Jelačić
Tel: +31 70 512 5066
or email
jelacic [at] un.org (subject: Journalist%20question%20on%20Karadzic%20Start%20of%20Trial) ()