Press

The proceedings take place in the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS). Journalists can request accreditation for the press centre as well as in the courtroom. All proceedings can be followed via our livestream, these images are also available for media to broadcast.

Press centre

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.

Learn more about the press centre

Directions to JCS and the press centre

You can access JCS by car, but parking spaces are limited. See the directions to the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS).

Directions to JCS

Press office

Interview with a judicial spokesperson

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 mh17@rechtspraak.nl. 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 mh17@rechtspraak.nl 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 mh17proces@om.nl.

Contact press office

Communications District Court of The Hague:

Telephone: +31 88 3611711 or +31 6 5283 0531 (also available by WhatsApp)

E-mail: mh17@rechtspraak.nl

 

Photographers' pool

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).

About the photographers' pool

Broadcast our footage

Courtroom footage is produced for broadcasting. Please contact our supplier NEP for information.

NEP Live Center Hilversum - Netherlands
Telefoon op werkdagen (08:00-18:00): +31 35 7600 834
E-mail: planning.livecenter@nepgroup.com

Bookings office NEP-CONNECT (only for outside Netherlands):
Telephone: +44 1908 943300  
E-mail: nepconnectbookings@nepgroup.com

Helen Jeffrey Telephone: +44 7767 456770
E-mail: hjeffrey@nepgroup.com

Bookings office for ENG teams
Telephone (working days 09:00-18:00 CEST) : +31 35 625 9640
E-mail: salesbinnendienst.eng@nepgroup.com

Press guidelines

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.

Open the Press Guidelines (PDF)