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Chasing Obama around Prague: how close can a freelancer get?

In Politics on March 11, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

Saul Loeb/AFP

Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Prague on April 4. Such events are extremely popular with all kinds of media, not just TV news crews, newspapers and radio stations. And since I am not employed (full-time) by any news media company I will try to test how close a freelancer with a professional camera can get. Press conference, or just curbside motorcade waving?

The Office of the Czech Government will issue accreditation. I remember the Bush-Putin summit in Bratislava in 2005. The press centre was crowded with weird people, despite the fact that the media were subject to some kind of screening, i.e. whether they can even cover an event of this kind… and at the same time the bureaucrats from the organizing committee were very surprised to find out that several people from the “same” radio (Slovak Radio) need to be “there” — it was tough convincing them that some people work for the main Slovak broadcast, while others work for the English broadcast and they need to have all sound bites and everything else in English…

STEP 1: I am sending my application to receive accreditation for any event that Obama may attend in Prague…

One Response to “Chasing Obama around Prague: how close can a freelancer get?”

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