The ICC launches a new outreach programme
October 19th, 2009 - 13:17 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Today, Monday 19 October 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) launches its second outreach programme in the Central African Republic, called “Ask the Court”. The programme will be broadcast on the public TV channel TV Centrafrique, and also on partner radio stations of the ICC: Radio Centrafrique, Radio ICDI, Radio Ndeke Luka, Radio Tropique, Radio Néhémie (AMMICA), Radio Voix de la Paix, Radio Voix de la Grâce (ESCA), Radio Linga and Radio Notre-Dame. The following community radio stations based in the interior of the country are also taking part in the project: Radio Maria (Bossangoa), Radio Zoukpana (Berberati), Radio Maïgaro (Bouar), Radio Siriri (Bouar), Radio Bé Oko (Bambari), and Radio Kuli Ndunga (Nola).

The “Ask the Court” programme comprises 13 episodes: each episode will be broadcast for one week between October 2009 and January 2010.

This second programme follows on from the first one, entitled “Understanding the International Criminal Court”, which was broadcast in Sango to a wide audience from July to October 2009. It reached an estimated audience of around 700,000 people in the CAR, and represented a total of over 270 hours of information broadcasts in Sango about the ICC.

In this second programme, members of the CAR public are given the opportunity to put questions directly to senior Court officials based in The Hague. The President of the Court (Judge Sang-Hyun Song), the Registrar of the Court (Ms Silvana Arbia), and the Director of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division at the Office of the Prosecutor (Ms Béatrice Le Fraper du Hellen) have all replied to questions put to them in the programme by members of the public in the CAR.