Access for public and media accreditation to Case 002/01 judgement

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has announced that the judgement in Case 002/01 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will be pronounced in the Main Courtroom of the ECCC on Thursday 7 August 2014 at 09:00.

Information to visitors and media:

The 482 seats in the public gallery will be allocated as follows:

1.    Case 002 Civil Parties and legal representatives:
220 seats have been allocated to Civil Parties facilitated by the Victims Support Section and intermediary organizations, and their legal representatives. Seats that are not utilized by 08:45 on the day of the pronouncement will be reallocated to the general public.

2.    Diplomats, government representatives and scholars:
50 seats have been allocated to this group. Advance registration is required. Requests for seats must be sent to pas@eccc.gov.kh. Deadline for registration: Friday 1 August, 16:00. Seats that are not utilized by 08:45 on the day of the pronouncement will be reallocated to the general public.

3.    NGO representatives:
40 seats have been allocated to NGOs with ECCC-related programmes. Advance registration is required. Requests for seats must be sent to pas@eccc.gov.kh. Deadline for registration: Friday 1 August, 16:00. Following the deadline for requests, and dependent on the total number of requests, the ECCC will notify each NGO of the number of seats allocated. If the number of requests exceeds the total number of seats allocated, the ECCC will allocate the seats according to the following priorities:
1. Staff from intermediary organizations;
2. Staff involved in regular court-monitoring programmes;
3. NGOs with regular attendance at past hearings.

Seats that are not utilized by 08:45 on the day of the pronouncement will be reallocated to the general public.

4.    Media representatives:
20 seats in the public gallery have been allocated to media representatives, whereas the remaining members of the media will be allocated seats in the Press Room (C105) on the ground floor of the court building. Requests to reserve a media seat in the public gallery must be sent to pas@eccc.gov.kh. Deadline: Friday 1 August, 16:00.

5.    General public:
50 seats will be allocated to the general public, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The gate at the visitors’ entrance will open at 07:00. The ECCC recommends that visitors arrive early at the security gate in order to leave enough time to pass through security and receive their tickets. Doors to the courtroom will close by 08:45, or when all seats in the public gallery are fully occupied.

Please kindly be advised that all visitors are required to present an ID card (including a photo) at the gate. No persons under 16 years of age will be admitted to the court, and persons aged 16–18 will be admitted only with the guardianship of an adult. Visitors shall maintain dignity and proper behaviour at all times and shall wear appropriate clothing. No mobile phones, large bags, food or drink are permitted in the public gallery.

The ECCC is located in Chaom Chau, Phnom Penh, 16 km away from the city centre, on National Road 4 toward Sihanoukville, about 10 minutes past Phnom Penh International Airport. Public and media, please enter from the visitors’ gate at the eastern end of the compound. Parking will be provided for visitors with their own vehicles.

Media accreditation:
Advance registration and accreditation is required for all media representatives who wish to be granted access to the ECCC on 7 August 2014. The following procedure will apply for media representatives seeking access to the ECCC:

a)    Media representatives who do not already have an ECCC press accreditation card must submit a completed and signed Media Accreditation Form, a .jpg portrait photo and a copy of their passport together with their request for access on 7 August to pas@eccc.gov.kh.

b)    Media representatives who have a valid ECCC press accreditation card must register their request for access on 7 August with the Public Affairs Section by sending an email to pas@eccc.gov.kh.

c)    Media representatives who have an expired ECCC press accreditation card must re-submit a completed and signed Media Accreditation Form together with their request for access on 7 August to pas@eccc.gov.kh. Please indicate the card number of your expired ECCC accreditation card.

The Media Accreditation Form can be downloaded from the ECCC website:
http://www.eccc.gov.kh/sites/default/files/ECCC_Accreditation_Media_Appl...

Deadline for media registration and accreditation requests: Friday 1 August 2014, 16:00.

Media Services
The ECCC Public Affairs Section will provide facilities on the ground floor of the court building to assist the media during the court hearing.

Audio and video feeds of the court proceedings will be provided in the Press Room (C105). Television monitors will provide a live transmission of the proceedings in English, Khmer and French.

The Press Work Room (C108) has a quiet space for working, and a number of computers with internet connections will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that there is currently only a limited wifi network available at the ECCC, and the court is not in a position to guarantee the stability of the wifi network. Consequently, media representatives are advised to bring their own 3G modems.

Seats reserved for media in the public gallery
Media representatives should be in their allocated seats 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the hearing. No cameras, laptops, mobile phones or recording devices will be permitted in the public gallery.

Photography
The ECCC will provide high-resolution photography handouts from the start of the hearing.

Audio and video feeds
Audio feeds of the proceedings will be provided to media through a PHONO/XLR connection. This feed can be accessed in the Press Room (C105) using one of 48 audio connections (16 each in Khmer, English and French). Additional audio hookups are possible from recorder to recorder if the users bring the required cables. No audio recording will be permitted inside the courtroom.

Video feeds of the proceedings will be provided through a BNC connection (PAL signal). This feed can be accessed in the Press Room (C105) using one of 30 output connections. Additional video hookups are possible from recorder to recorder if the users bring the required cables. No video recording will be allowed inside the courtroom.

Installation of media equipment and reservation of space in the Press Room (C105)
Representatives of the media who wish to pre-install equipment and reserve space in the Press Room may visit the ECCC on Wednesday 6 August 2014 between 09:00 and 16:00.

Accreditation cards
Media accreditation cards can be picked up at the ECCC on 6 August 2014 between 09:00 and 16:00, or by the media entrance to the ECCC in the morning of 7 August 2014. If you wish to pick up the accreditation card at a different time, please make an appointment with one of the spokespersons listed below.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Lars Olsen
Legal Officer
Mobile: +855 (0)12 488 023
Land line: +855 (0)23 861 669
Email: olsenl@un.org   

Mr. Neth Pheaktra
Press Officer
Mobile phone: +855 (0)12 488 156
Land line: +855 (0)23 861 564
Email: neth.pheaktra@eccc.gov.kh

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