The Association of Journalists at the International Criminal Court has been formed at The Hague. It has been established to protect and support journalists covering the new court, which was inaugurated on 11 March.
Formation of the AJICC followed complaints from journalists covering the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia that facilities were inadequate. Twenty-five journalists have already joined and are forming working groups to represent the interests of all journalists.
Current members include journalists from the BBC, CBS, The New York Times, Radio 1, Reuters and Time.
The AJICC includes members specialised in international law, many of whom have spent several years covering the ICTY and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
It will help foreign journalists to get visas from the Dutch Government and accommodation. In the past, coverage of the ICTY has been hampered because non-EU correspondents could not get adequate visas.