The proceedings in the case MH17 take place in the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS). For journalists it is possible to be present in the JCS in the press centre as well as in the courtroom. Request for accreditation. During court sessions it is also able to follow the proceedings via our livestream on this website. The images are free of rights and available for the media.
The press centre and room D in the JCS have limited access at this moment. From 1 July 2020 the press centre opens for 100 persons.
The press centre normally has room for 500 persons. There are 300 working spaces available. In the press centre you can view the streams from the 6 cameras in the court room on large screens.
If you would like to interview one of the judicial spokespersons during or after the hearing on any day, please make a request at the information desk at the press centre, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be conducted in front of the JCS main entrance, in the press centre, or by Skype. During interviews, please observe a minimum distance of 1.5 metres. On court days, the court shall not grant interviews between 17.00 and 18.00 hours, in view of the preparations for the Summary of the Day in Court session.
Summary of the day in court
As usual, a summary of the day in court will be delivered in the press centre, approximately half an hour after the end of the hearing. This summary of the day in court may also be viewed on livestream. Media that are not present may submit questions by e-mail to email@example.com or may send a message by WhatsApp to telephone number (+31) 06 528 305 31. Following the summary by the District Court of The Hague, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) will answer questions from journalists. Please e-mail questions for the PPS to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In view of the current Corona measures and the great interest, we are establishing a pool scheme for photographers. This pool arrangement is provided by the news agencies Reuters, Associated Press (AP) and the Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP).
Legal cases in the Netherlands are - in principle - public. Journalists may be present and do their work. A national guideline has been drawn up for this, the press guideline 2013. This press guideline also applies in the MH17 process. The Court of The Hague can, however, deviate from the press directive and make additional agreements.