Media Accreditation Guidelines
ITU's Corporate Communication Division supports media covering ITU's events, activities, as well as the latest telecommunication news and trends. Media are invited to participate in any ITU event open to the public, as per decisions made by ITU Member States and ITU's Information/Document Access Policy.
To gain media access, ITU must confirm your status as a bona fide member of the media. Therefore, please read ITU's Media Accreditation Guidelines below so you are aware of the information you will be required to submit for ITU to confirm such status.
Media accreditation is not granted
to 1) non-editorial staff working for a publishing house (e.g. management, marketing, advertising executives, etc.); 2) researchers, academics, authors or editors of directories; 3) employees of information outlets of public, non-governmental or private entities that are
first and foremost media organizations; 4) members of professional broadcasting or media associations, 5) press or communication professionals accompanying member state delegations; and 6) citizen journalists under no apparent editorial board oversight. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email us at
Applications for accreditation are considered on a case-by-case basis and ITU reserves the right to request additional proof or documentation other than what is listed below. Media accreditation decisions rest with ITU and all decisions are final.
Accreditation eligibility & credentials
1. Journalists* should provide an official letter of assignment from the Editor-in-Chief (or the News Editor for radio/TV). One letter per crew/editorial team will suffice. Editors-in-Chief and Bureau Chiefs should submit a letter from their Director. Please email this to
email@example.com along with the required supporting credentials, based on the type of media organization you work for:
Print and online publications should be available to the general public and published at least 6 times a year by an organization whose principle business activity is publishing and which generally carries paid advertising;
o please submit 2 copies or links to recent byline articles published within the last 4 months.
News wire services should provide news coverage to subscribers, including newspapers, periodicals and/or television networks;
o please submit 2 copies or links to recent byline articles or broadcasting material published within the last 4 months.
Broadcast media should provide news and information programmes to the general public. Independent film and video production companies can only be accredited if officially mandated by a broadcast station via a letter of assignment;
o please submit broadcasting material published within the last 4 months.
Freelance journalists and photographers must provide clear documentation that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. Evidence that they regularly supply journalistic content to recognized media may be acceptable in the absence of an assignment letter and at the discretion of the ITU Corporate Communication Division.
o if possible, please submit a valid assignment letter from the news organization or publication.
2. Bloggers and community media may be granted accreditation if the content produced is deemed relevant to the industry, contains news commentary, is regularly updated and/or made publicly available. Corporate bloggers may register as normal participants (not media). Please see Guidelines for Bloggers and Community Media Accreditation below for more details:
Special guidelines for bloggers and community media accreditation
ITU is committed to working with independent and 'new media' reporters and columnists who reach their audiences via blogs, podcasts, video blogs, community or online radio, limited print formats which generally carry paid advertising and other online media. These are some of the guidelines we use to determine whether to accredit bloggers and community media representatives:
- ITU reserves the right to request traffic data from a third party (Sitemeter, Technorati, Feedburner, iTunes or equivalent) when considering your application. While the decision to grant access is not based solely on traffic/subscriber data, we ask that applicants provide sufficient transparency into their operations to help us make a fair and timely decision. If your media outlet is new, you must have an established record of having written extensively on ICT issues and must present copies or links to two recently published videos, podcasts or articles with your byline.
Obtaining media accreditation for ITU events is an opportunity to meet and interact with key industry and political figures. While continued accreditation for ITU events is not directly contingent on producing coverage, owing to space limitations we may take this into consideration when processing future accreditation requests. Following any ITU event for which you are accredited, we therefore kindly request that you forward a link to your post/podcast/video blog to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bloggers who are granted access to ITU events are expected to act professionally. Those who do not maintain the standards expected of professional media representatives run the risk of having their accreditation withdrawn.
Media already accredited and badged by the United Nations are automatically accredited and registered by ITU. In this case, you only need to send a copy of your UN badge to email@example.com to make sure you receive your event badge.
Anyone joining an ITU event MUST have an event badge in order to access the premises. Please make sure you let us know in advance that you are planning to attend so your event badge is ready for printing and pick-up.
* Editorial staff of publications/news wire services, press photographers and TV/radio crews representing a recognized media organization.
How to register and get accredited for an ITU event
Media must be accredited by ITU to confirm their registration for an ITU event.
Once you have read the guidelines mentioned above, determined that you can fulfil all these requirements and have your documentation ready, registering and being accredited for an ITU event is a simple three-step process.
If you want to register and get accredited for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2019,⮜ please click here ⮞.
For all other events, please read and follow the instructions below.
1. Create an ITU User Account or log in with your existing account
2. Register for an ITU event to request media accreditation
Create an ITU User Account through ITU's Login page: CLICK TO VISIT THE LOGIN PAGE
If this is not the first time you register for an ITU event,
you most likely already have an ITU User Account. If so, select "I already have a User Account" and type in your email/username and password. If you don't remember your password, click on the "Forgot your password?" link to reset your password using the email address you signed up with. Once/if you are able to log in, then you may proceed to
Step 2 below.
don't have an ITU User Account, select "I am a new user". Select "Media and Other Organizations" as your ITU status and click "Create".
Complete the Organization Data form with your media outlet's information.
Complete the Contact form with your personal information. Please note that fields with a red asterisk are required.
Click "Continue", review your information to make sure everything is correct and click "Finish".
You will receive an email to activate your ITU User Account.
If you don't activate your account, you will NOT be able to access ITU's registration platforms and be accredited. If you don't receive the email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help, but first check your spam folder in case the email bypassed your inbox.
Step 1 is complete.
3. At the ITU event, pick up your badge at the media registration booth
Media badges must be collected at the event to access the premises. You will be required to present a copy of your confirmation email along with an official photo ID (license, passport, national ID, etc.) to collect your badge.
If the queue at the media registration booth is too long, please note that you may also pick up your badge at any registration booth
if you have been registered, accredited, received a confirmation email and have a copy to show the registration attendant.
Step 3 is complete.
If you have any questions or difficulties registering or sending your credentials, please email email@example.com
LEGAL NOTICE: Applications for media registration and/or accreditation are considered on a case-by-case basis and are reserved only for media professionals representing a bona fide media organization. The final decision on all applications rests with ITU, which reserves the right to deny or withdraw registration or accreditation of individuals whose actions or omissions run counter to the principles of the ITU Constitution and Convention, the Charter of the United Nations or established journalism ethics and standards. In this context, ITU may deny or revoke accreditation at any time, i.a., if it reasonably considers that (i) such accreditation is put to improper use or is being used to abuse the privileges so extended; (ii) the accredited individual does not respect the access and security policies in effect; or (iii) the conduct of the accredited individual does not respect the dignity, privacy or integrity of event participants or ITU officials. The media badge is strictly personal and ITU will confiscate any badge in the possession of any individual to whom it was not issued. Information provided to you by ITU on media accreditation processes for ITU events should not be communicated to third parties without ITU’s prior consent. By submitting your request for registration and/or accreditation, you acknowledge and accept these conditions, and you agree to be included in ITU's media mailing list and receive press releases, media advisories and other media-related communications on behalf of ITU via email. You may remove yourself from this mailing list at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of any of these emails.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________