The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism or IRMCT) recognises the important role played by the media in facilitating greater access to its work. While protecting the integrity of judicial proceedings, the Mechanism is committed to assisting the media in ensuring fair and accurate reporting of its work.
General information and court material
Press interested in Mechanism activities, press or court-related material (including indictments, legal filings, photographs, courtroom footage etc.) should contact the External Relations Office at mict-press [at] un.org or call +255 (0)27 256 5376 (Arusha) or +31 (0)70 512 5691 or 5549 (The Hague).
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To request an interview with an official from Chambers or the Registry at both branches of the Mechanism, please contact the External Relations Office at mict-press [at] un.org or call +255 (0)27 256 5376 (Arusha) or +31 (0)70 512 5691 or 5549 (The Hague).
To request an interview with an official from the Mechanism Office of the Prosecutor, please use ContactOTP [at] un.org or call +31 (0)70 5278.
Requests for audio-visual material and photographs
Audio-visual material related to the Mechanism’s mandate, activities and relevant events, as well as footage of hearings, including initial appearances and the pronouncement of a judgement can be viewed on the Mechanism's Youtube channel and website.
To request additional material from ongoing Mechanism cases, contact the External Relations Office at mict-press [at] un.org or +31 70 512 5691 or 5549 (The Hague).
To obtain footage from completed cases of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), please contact the Mechanism Archives and Records Section in Arusha on marsarusha [at] un.org or call +255 27 256 5612.
To obtain footage from completed cases of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), please contact the Archives and Records Section in The Hague at marshague [at] un.org.
A wide range of photographs of Mechanism hearings, activities and events can be downloaded from the Mechanism Flickr account. To request additional material, please contact the External Relations Office.
All audio-visual material and photos are provided free of charge without copyrights. However, you must indicate that the material was provided courtesy of the Mechanism.
Hearings in trials before the Mechanism are generally open to the public and can be attended by media representatives. On regular hearing days, no prior accreditation is required. To attend, journalists need to present a valid ID document and a valid press card at the entrance.
For high-profile hearings (e.g. an initial appearance, the start of a trial, the pronouncement of a judgement) prior registration may be required. Before such hearings, information about media accreditation and related procedures will be shared on the Mechanism website and circulated by email to journalists on the mailing list. To subscribe to Mechanism news, please send an email to mict-press [at] un.org.
Public hearings can also be followed online on the Mechanism’s Courtroom Broadcast webpage with a 30-minute delay, unless the hearing is for the initial appearance or the pronouncement of a judgement, in which case the hearing is broadcast live. Please consult the Court Calendar for the latest information on upcoming hearings.
Please note that no parking is allowed on the Mechanism’s premises. In The Hague, media representatives can use parking facilities offered by the World Forum and in the surrounding area. Journalists are kindly asked to use the public entrance located on Churchillplein 1.
All persons entering the building are subject to security checks of their person and their belongings. No one is permitted access to the building without complying fully with the requirements of the Mechanism security officers.
The media is allowed to film or record interviews in front of the building. However, no filming, audio recording, or the taking photographs is allowed inside the Mechanism building without advance written permission from the External Relations Office.
Recording devices, cameras, laptops or phones are not permitted in the public galleries. Please leave such electronic devices with the Security in the deposit boxes at the main entrance. If you use storage, please plan for extra time to store your items. Please note that the Mechanism shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any items or equipment.
You are invited to carefully read the rules of decorum before entering the gallery.
You can choose to hear the proceedings in the floor language (language used in the courtroom), in English or in French and in the language of the accused. The channels for the different languages are indicated in the public gallery.
Journalists working at the Mechanism have direct access to External Relations staff to assist in their work. Additionally, journalists have access to Wi-Fi at all times and, during high-profile media events, desk space with power outlets.
A Chamber might determine that certain proceedings are to be conducted in closed session, fully or partially, in order to protect the safety of victims and witnesses or the confidentiality of sensitive evidentiary material. Moreover, a closed session can be ordered in the course of a hearing and may last anywhere from a few minutes, or several hours or days.