Relevant Information on Hearings
Journalists, camarographers and photographers planning to cover hearings are
advised to read these guidelines. Please ask any questions to the IACHR Press
and Outreach Director, Maria Isabel Rivero.
- Audio: The audio recordings of all public hearings will be uploaded
to the IACHR webpage, on the same day that the hearing takes place. Radio
stations are authorized to broadcast them, provided that credits are
recognized to the OAS. (Click
here to access the page where all audio recordings of IACHR public hearings
- Copies of videos: If you would like to obtain a high resolution
copy of a public hearing's video, you need to bring an external hard drive
or a flash drive with a minimum capacity of 8 Gigas (the memory need is
higher if you request more hearings to be saved to the drive). After the
hearing has ended, the interested party must approach the Webcast team (you
will find them in the room where the hearing of your interest had taken
place) and request the hearing to be saved in the drive you brought. This
procedure will take a few minutes. For more information, please contact
- Webcast: Some or all hearings are Webcast live through the OAS
here to access the Webcast page). The hearings with Webcast service are
properly identified in the schedules of hearings published on the IACHR
Webpage. Communication media and organizations that would like to broadcast
the hearings are authorized to do so, provided that credits are properly
recognized. The Webcast is done through three channels, Spanish, English and
floor, except when simultaneous interpretation is not available. For
technical information related to this service, please contact Ernesto Cossich.
- Videos: The videos of the hearings that had Webcast will
be made available through the OAS Webpage and through the Commission’s
here to access the IACHR page with videos on hearings).
- Links: The inclusion of links in external websites to the
Webcast and/or the videos of the hearings is authorized, and this document
constitute legal authorization for such purposes. To obtain the code in
order to integrate the Webcast to your Webpage, please contact Ernesto
- Languages: Please note that
participants in the hearings may speak in any of the four official languages
of the OAS: Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. All audio recordings
and videos to be watched later register the original voices and may include
different languages in the same hearing. However, the Webcast service is
often made in several channels, as explained above.
- Photographs: When pictures are taken of the public hearings, they
are published on the OAS page
in Flickr, and the media is authorized to publish them, with credit to
- Private hearings: Please note that the petitioners and the State
have the right to ask that the hearing is made private, and they can request
this at any time, including minutes before the hearing’s start.
- Media: Media representatives do not need to present any specific
credentials to cover the public hearings. Journalists may be present in all
public hearings. The use of audio recorders and portable computers is
allowed, with the condition that they do not interfere with the normal
development of the hearing. Cellular phones must be turned off before
entering the room.
- Cameras: Cameramen/women
must bring all necessary equipment, including XLR cables several feet long to connect to the
audio console. Wireless microphones are recommended.
- Feeds: The audio connections are XLR. Media representatives who
would like to tape the hearings through this system should bring their own
cables and arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the hearing,
so all the equipment is setup at the starting time.