Yearly accreditation is reserved for journalists based in Austria or other European Union countries working for a bona fide media organization. Temporary accreditation is provided to visiting journalists covering a specific event or meeting for a limited duration. When applying for a temporary pass, please provide two recent samples of coverage of international affairs.
UNIS offers a press working area in the Vienna International Centre in the C-Building, Rooms C0332-C0334.
Print, radio and TV, photo journalists, news agencies must provide
Online media must meet the following requirements, in addition to those above:
Freelance journalists including photographers, must also provide
Independent broadcasters and film production companies must provide
Once you have received confirmation by e-mail, please proceed to either:
Valid photo ID is required for this.
In accepting a UN Media card you are agreeing to abide and adhere to the terms of the United Nations Media Guidelines:
All UN Media ID Card holders acknowledge that the United Nations reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization or established journalism ethics and standards. The UN grounds pass is for the intended purpose of permitting access to the United Nations premises and not for any other purpose. The UN grounds pass is non-transferable and misuse will result in its confiscation.
Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who represent a bona fide media organization. No media badge will be issued to journalists whose application does not conform to the established procedure.
Note on bona fide media organization:
The Department of Global Communications must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are professional journalists and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly]. Media organization must have demonstrable editorial oversight and a verifiable street address and telephone number (P.O. Box will not be accepted). Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets or advocacy publications of non-governmental organizations. The Department of Global Communications may require supplementary documentation to evaluate the request. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the Department of Global Communications are final. The Department of Global Communications reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.
Please provide a new letter requesting the renewal of the accreditation on official letterhead of the media organization signed by the Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Assignment Editor or company official (along with their contact information). It should be current and include a) the duration of the assignment, b) verifiable information regarding the reach of the media (print circulation, radio/television audience, digital audiences – website, social media).
Media representatives are required to provide a minimum of three by-lined or credited articles; three broadcast reports, or three published photos showing consistent coverage of the United Nations in Vienna throughout the period of accreditation. Technical staff can submit the work of the reporters to whom they contributed their services.
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