Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 November 2009

Practical information for media concerning the press conference on 23 November, 2009 and the beginning of the trial of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on 24 November, 2009





Practical information for media concerning the press conference on 23 November, 2009 and the beginning of the trial of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on 24 November, 2009



THE HAGUE, Netherland, November 20, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ICC-CPI-20091119-MA52

Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui

The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui will start on Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. (The Hague local time) (hearing schedule). The hearings will be conducted before Trial Chamber II until 11 December, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After the judicial recess, the hearings will resume on 26 January, 2010.

Background information on the case

Press conference

A press conference will be held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, the day before, on 23 November, 2009, at 12.00 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room. A live broadcast will be available on the Court’s website ( Please note that a satellite feed will not be available.

The ICC Registrar, Silvana Arbia, the Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Counsel for the Defence of Germain Katanga, Andreas O’Shea, the Counsel for the Defence of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, Jean-Pierre Kilenda, and the Representatives of the Victims, Fidel Nsita Luvengika and Jean-Louis Gilissen will make short statements after which there will be an opportunity for journalists to ask questions.

Audio and video summaries of the press conference on Monday, 23 November, 2009 will be available for distribution by email in the afternoon.

Registration to attend the press conference and/or the trial hearings

Journalists wishing to attend the press conference and/or the trial hearings are kindly invited to register their attendance using this e-form by Friday, 20 November, 2009, COB.

Access to the ICC building

You are kindly advised to use the public entrance located on Regulusweg. For the press conference please do not arrive later than 11.30 a.m. For the trial hearings arrive no later than half an hour before the beginning of the hearing. (Always consult the hearing schedule beforehand).


Please note that press identification will be requested at the entrance. On the first day of the trial seats will be reserved for the media in the public gallery of Courtroom I. Journalists have also access to the Media Centre.

Media Centre

The Court’s Media Centre will open from Monday to Friday, from 08:30 a.m. until one hour after the end of all Court proceedings.

For the press conference the Media Center will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The area can sit up to 64 people and includes plasma TV screens; a Wi-Fi internet service; cards (plug + play) for those without Wi-Fi capability in their PC or laptop; 6 computers with internet access; 7 telephones that may be used free of charge for internal calls. For external calls, journalists are advised to use their mobiles or purchase 0800 prepaid phone cards beforehand. Such cards are available at newsagents and train stations. Please note that phone cards cannot be obtained in the vicinity of, or at, the ICC. Mobile phones cannot be used in the public gallery.

Recording facilities in the Media Centre for the trial

The Court will provide a feed from Courtroom I (with the above-mentioned 30 minute delay) to the hot-desk area of the Media Centre. The tables in the Media Centre contain plugs for the video and audio feed from the courtroom (4:3, PAL): BNC video output and XLR audio output. The left-hand BNC input is also connected to the feed from Courtroom I. You can record from three possible audio channels: 1 – floor, 2 – French and 3 – English. Each table contains an audio plug. If you need to record on two channels please use another plug at another table for the second channel. 

Feed for the SNG trucks

SNG trucks can record and uplink the signal from Courtroom I from the distribution box placed in the car park located at the intersection of Regulusweg and Wegastraat, to which they have access. Please note that there is no power supply available at the car park and that it is therefore necessary to have a generator. 

Satellite feed

NOS Eurovision will broadcast via satellite the entire hearing of Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, Europe, and North and Latin America. Information on the frequency will be conveyed as soon as it is received from NOS Eurovision. 

Photography and audiovisual documents of the proceedings

Please note that it will not be possible to take photos in the courtroom before the start of the proceedings. However the Court will provide to all those currently subscribing to receive ICC press releases a link to a selection of digital photos (video resolution) taken by the Court’s photographer during the hearing.

Audio and video summaries of the proceedings on Tuesday, 24 November, will be available at 1.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. CET with stereo audio CH 1 – floor and CH 2 – French.

A television and radio programme of the proceedings, ‘ICC at a Glance’, produced by the Public Information and Documentation Section, in French will be available on Friday, 27 November, 2009.

Weekly audio and visual summaries will continue to be available throughout the trial.

Videostreaming of proceedings

The proceedings will be held in open session unless ordered otherwise. It will be possible to follow them on the ICC website at:

Courtroom I:



Please note there will be a 30 minute delay in transmission.

Parking facilities

Parking facilities are available for media representatives at the Regulusweg and Wegastraat car parks.



For Media Centre services: Ms Kerry Pickett Public Information Assistant at +31 (0)70 515 9130 or at

For AV services: Ms Violeta Willemsen-Curcic Video and Audio Producer at +31 (0)70 5158422 or at

For interviews: Ms Sonia Robla, Head of Public Information and Documentation Section at +31 (0)70 515-8089 or +31 (0) 646448726 or at

For technical problems with the videostreaming of the proceedings: Richard Hall at +31 70 515 9674.



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