The Government Press Office (GPO) is responsible – on behalf of the Prime Minister's Office – for coordination between the Government of Israel and the community of journalists and media personnel working in Israel. For the foreign press corps, the GPO serves as the central address for contact with the government and the Israel Defense Forces.
The GPO works to facilitate appropriate media coverage of key elements in Israel, state visits and foreign VIPs visiting Israel. The GPO issues press cards for permanently stationed and visiting journalists, as well as a range of cards for other media personnel (broadcast technicians, documentary film producers, media assistants, etc.). The GPO offers media representatives a sophisticated briefing room, television studio and professional support materials.
The GPO is equipped to operate in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian, thanks to the professional staff in its various departments. A separate department deals with the economic press. The GPO regularly monitors articles in the overseas press regarding the State of Israel and forwards a daily summary to the relevant Government offices. It also distributes daily summaries – in English – of the main items in the Hebrew-language press to foreign correspondents stationed in Israel.
The GPO Photography Department is responsible for photographing the President and Prime Minister at official events and press conferences in Israel and abroad. The Photography Department also manages the National Photo Collection, which includes tens of thousands of photographs starting from before the establishment of the state up to the present. By virtue of a Government decision, the National Photo Collection was opened in 2011 for free use at http://www.gpo.gov.il.
The GPO's address is:
Jerusalem Technology Park 1 Agudat Sport Hapoel St.Building #4, 4th FloorMalhaJerusalem
GPO Reception Hours:
We recommend that you coordinate your visit in advance.
A press card from the Government Press Office is available to foreign journalists working on assignment for a recognized news organization (Newspaper, Television, Radio) covering real time news (see criteria). The press card facilitates entrance to Government buildings, press conferences, and access across IDF checkpoints and Police lines. Please note that entry into the Knesset's press gallery requires a GPO press card and prior coordination with our office. Please note documentaries, filmmakers and production companies can receive services, advice and help from the GPO but not press cards.
You are required to submit the following: 1. An official, dated letter of assignment in English signed by the chief editor. The letter should state the nature and the duration of your assignment in Israel.* 2. Valid press credentials from country of origin. 3. One non-returnable passport-size photograph. 4. Your passport plus one copy of your passport. 5. A 50 shekels administration fee per application. This can be paid either online or at any Post Office, into the GPO post office account (branch 001, account number 0-24696-5). An online credit card payment can also be made at our offices. An official receipt of this transaction must be provided.
*Due to the proliferation of today's media, you may represent a media outlet we are not familiar with. It is recommended you contact your local Israeli Embassy or Consulate or your national Embassy here in Israel. In such cases it is necessary to obtain a recommendation that you are a recognized journalist and they are familiar with your organization. Furthermore, it may be necessary to provide copies of your recently published work.
Upon presentation of these documents the journalist should fill out a press card application form and a signed declaration of the military censor (Censorship is a function of the Israel Defense Forces and not the GPO).
Once these criteria have been fulfilled we are able to issue a press card for the duration of your stay. Technical crews (sound and camera) are limited to a 2 week pass.
The Government Press Office reserves the right to consider any application submitted by either local or foreign press for a period of 90 days before a final decision is made and are under no obligation to issue accreditation.
We have no doubt that meeting these criteria would be in no way prohibitive for a professional member of the media.
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