Criteria for WTO accreditation of media for
All journalists applying for Ministerial Conference 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 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.
Independent TV production companies are required to provide a letter from
a broadcast organization which intends to air their work.
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 site’s visitors or other relevant material (press
citations, etc.) about the outlet’s 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