General Staff receives nearly 5 thousand accreditation applications from reporters willing to work in combat areas
Today, May 1, is the expiration date of the old-style UAF press IDs. The General Staff reports receiving nearly 5,000 applications for new UAF press IDs by media representatives.
"Today, May 1, 2023, is the last day of validity for the old-style UAF press IDs. In the future, media representatives will need the new type of IDs to be admitted to the combat areas," the General Staff noted.
These changes are determined by the UAF Commander-in-Chief's Decree No. 73 dated 03.03.2022 "On the organization of interaction between the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other components of the defense forces, and mass media representatives under martial law".
According to the General Staff, between March 1 and today, they have received nearly 5,000 applications for new UAF press IDs by mass media workers. Currently, 75% of applicants have already received accreditation.
The rest of the applications are still being reviewed by the Security Service of Ukraine, as the vast majority of them were received within the last two weeks. They will also be processed in the near future.
The General Staff noted that the UAF accreditation primarily aims to improve the defense forces' communication with the media in combat areas. For journalists (and other media representatives) who do not report in the defense forces units and do not visit combat areas, a UAF press ID is not mandatory.
Information on submitting applications for accreditation is available here.
As reported by IMI, according to the February 27, 2023 amendments to the UAF Commander-in-Chief's Decree No. 73 regarding engagement with the mass media during martial law, journalists will only receive accreditation for a period of up to six months, and the frontline area will now be divided into three access zones for media workers.
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