All journalists applying for accreditation must
submit proof that they represent a bona fide media organization.
The Information and External Relations Division (IERD) must be satisfied that
the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media
professionals and represent bona fide media organizations. While in the
WTO or attending WTO events, such as Ministerial Conferences, those with
media accreditation are expected to carry out activities compatible with
journalistic work. Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track
record of reporting for media organizations on trade related matters.
Accreditation extended prior to 1 May 2005 remains valid. Media
accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of
non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a
case-by-case basis and the decisions of IERD are final. IERD reserves the
right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists who abuse the
privileges so extended or who put the accreditation to improper use.
Proof to be submitted:
Letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization from
the Publisher/Assignment Editor or Bureau Chief. It should specify the
name and functional title of the journalist and the period for which
accreditation is sought at the WTO.
Print media representatives are required to submit three recent issues of
the publication which contains their work. Radio and TV media
representatives must submit recordings of two recent reports.
Independent TV production companies are required to provide a letter from
a broadcast organization which intends to air their work.
Photographers are required to submit original tear sheets or photos with
credits of the issuing organization.
In addition to the above requirements, online media must meet the
The web publication must belong to a registered company, such as a media
organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a
The online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent must
have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or
analysis on WTO related issues.
If the web site is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide
the latest data on the siteís visitors or other relevant material (press
citations, etc.) about the outletís audience. The applicant must have an
established record of having written extensively on international issues
and must present copies of three recently published articles with his/her
Journalists must also present two forms of valid ID. Valid ID must include
a current passport, along with a press card, work ID, driverís licence or
other form of photo ID.
* Note on access to UN premises
Journalists accredited to WTO may have access to UN premises to
participate in WTO briefings. They will not be allowed to attend UN press
conferences and briefings unless they also have a UN accreditation.