Media accreditation

All journalists, producers and members of television crews, such as cameramen, soundmen and engineers, accompanying journalists and producers must each complete an accreditation request form.

The editor-in-chief or the assignment editor of a media outlet requesting accreditation for more than one staff member may submit one letter only listing ALL the names and functions of the individuals for whom the accreditation is requested. That said, each person requesting the accreditation must fill out a separate accreditation request form.

All members of the media applying for accreditation must submit proof that they represent a bona fide* media organization.

Accreditation Requirements

All journalists applying for accreditation must submit proof that they represent a bona fide media organization, as follows:

  • Letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization from the Publisher/Assignment Editor or Bureau Chief. It should specify the name and functional title of the journalist and the period for which accreditation is sought at the United Nations.
  • Print media representatives are required to submit two recent issues of the publication. Radio and TV media representatives must submit recordings of two recent reports.
  • Independent TV production companies are required to provide a letter from a broadcast organization which intends to air their work.
  • Photographers are required to submit original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization.

In addition to the above requirements, online media must meet the following requirements:

  • The web publication must belong to a registered company, such as a media organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a telephone number.
  • The online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent must have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or analysis on international issues.
  • If the web site is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide the latest data on the site's visitors or other relevant material (press citations, etc.) about the outlet's audience.
  • The applicant must have an established record of having written extensively on international issues and must present copies of three recently published articles with his/her byline.

Photo identification

Journalists must also present valid ID, i.e. a passport and press/media card. Valid ID must include a current passport from a State recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, along with a press card. Where required, non-nationals of the host government must also confirm their right to work as a journalist by providing a relevant visa or an employment authorization document.


The completed form should be sent by e-mail with:

1. A photocopy of the applicant’s media card;

2. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport;

3. A letter of accreditation from the editor-in-chief/assignment editor on the organisation’s letterhead;

4. A high-resolution photo of the requestor;

5. Proof of recent work as described above;

6. Completed accreditation form.

*Note on bona fide media organization
The UPU Communication Programme must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly].

Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations.

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the UPU are final. The UPU Communication Programme reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.




Communication Programme
International Bureau
Universal Postal Union