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General Information

The Media Centre will serve the needs of print, radio and broadcast journalists covering ICASA 2011. Services provided to registered journalists include: computer work stations, Internet connections, ISDN lines, printers and photocopying machines (for limited numbers of photocopies). A multi-lingual communications staff will be available to assist journalists with editorial, technical and logistical support. A room will be available for interviews, and a press conference room will be used for the official daily briefing and third-party press conferences.

For a guaranteed work station, media delegates are strongly advised to bring their own laptops. Due to space restrictions in the media centre, conference organizers are only able to provide 20 computer workstations.


Access to the Media Centre is reserved for conference-accredited journalists. Should journalists arrange to interview non-media conference delegates, kindly meet the interviewee at the entrance to the Media Centre. Unaccompanied interviewees will not be allowed access to the Media Centre. On completion of the interview, kindly escort guests back to the entrance of the Media Centre.

Opening Hours

Media Centre operations begin on Sunday, 4 December, at 13:00. The Media Centre will be staffed between 08:00 and 20:00 each day, and will remain accessible 24 hours per day until 22:00 on Thursday, 8 December.

Media Information Office

An information office, located in the Media Centre, will be available to assist journalists. A multilingual communications staff will be on hand to assist journalists with stories and facilitate interviews with conference officials before and during the event.

Documents Centre

A documents counter in the Media Centre will provide journalists with printed copies of official daily press releases, plenary speeches and other major presentations. Kindly note that while every effort is made to have these statements available to you in good time, delays are sometimes unavoidable, and we ask for your patience in such cases.

The official languages of the conference are English and French, but certain press materials will be available in Amharic.

Third-party Press Releases and Materials

A special area within the Media Centre will be available for the distribution of third-party press releases and materials.

Interview Space

An interview room is available for journalists in the Media Centre. This should be booked by signing up on the printed schedule posted at the entrance to the cubicle. Time in the cubicle is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The interview room is available only to journalists, and for a maximum of one hour each time. Additional informal interview positions are available in and around the convention centre.

The Newsroom

The Media Centre will be equipped with a wireless network (Wi-Fi). In addition, the Media Centre will have approximately 75 work stations, equipped with Internet lines for filing via personal laptops and printers. Journalists are responsible for the security of any personal laptops brought into the Media Centre. As more than 300 journalists are expected, "hot desking" will be required. Your co-operation with this will be appreciated.

Television screens in the Media Centre will show the events of the main session hall (including the plenary sessions) – live if possible.

Press Conference Room

The Media Centre will be equipped with a press conference room with seating for 50. When not in use by conference organizers, the press conference room will be available for use by third parties (this refers to all parties other than the conference organizers, including presenters, NGOs, international organizations or agencies, and/or industry representatives).

An initial schedule of each day's press conferences will be provided on the ICASA 2011 website and in your media kit distributed at on-site check in. Updates will be posted at the information office in the Media Centre. Only accredited members of the media and press conference speakers will be allowed to attend press conferences.

Instructions for booking a third party press conference will be available on the Media Centre page of the ICASA 2011 website during late 2011.

Official Daily Press Conferences

An official opening press conference will be held at 17:00 (5:00 pm) on Saturday, 3 December, and will feature speakers from the opening session.

At 11:00 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, conference organizers will hold press conferences featuring that day's plenary speakers and other newsmakers from special sessions. All official press conferences will be in English and French.

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