Of the 415 Journalists Accredited to Cover Sanfermines, 25 % Are Foreigners

Juan Luis Sánchez de Muniáin, second vice-president of the Government of Navarra and executive chief of Culture, Tourism and Institutional Relations, paid a lengthy visit yesterday to the International Press Office (OIP) that assists the 415 accredited journalists, 25% of whom are from other countries.  He was accompanied by Silvia Azpilicueta, director of the Area of Employment, Commerce and Tourism for the Town Hall of Pamplona.

The OIP has been helping journalists who cover Sanfermines since the year 2000 with the collaboration of the Association of the Press of Navarra, the Government of Navarra and the Town Hall of Pamplona. This year the OIP office is located in the Sala Mezanina of the Palacio de Congresos and the Auditorium of Navarra, “Baluarte” of Pamplona.

In 2014 the OIP has a budget of 21,500 euros – 14,000 euros (65%) coming from the Government of Navarra; 5,000 euros from the Town Hall of Pamplona and 2,500 euros from the Association of the Press of Navarra.  The Baluarte has contributed the space for the OIP office, and the Corte Inglés department store has supplied computers.

Six journalists work in the International Press Office

The schedule of the OIP is the following:  10 – 14 hours until July 4; 10 to 17 hours on the 5th and 6th of July and from the 7th of July until the 14th of July, the office will be open from 7:45 am until 5 pm.  Journalists working in the OIP are Fátima Ruiz as coordinator, Lucinda Poole, Sara Ancín, Raúl Lasa, Xabier Sobrino and Ángela Unzu.

The OIP office can also be reached by calling 948-066191, 948-066192, 948-066193, 948-066194. Email address is oip@sanferminprensa.com.  The office publishes articles about the fiesta as well as those contributing to the international projection of Navarra both in Spanish and in English at www.sanferminprensa.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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2,017 accreditations

One of the many functions of the OIP is distributing accreditations that have been approved by the Town Hall of Pamplona.  This year 2,017 professionals have received accreditations.  In 2013, 1,926 were accredited.  In 2014, 415 are journalists who work for 116 organizations and 14 freelance journalists.  They have come from Spain and 18 other countries such as the United States, France, Japan, the UK, Qatar, Brasil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and Uruguay among others.

403 journalists, both Spanish and foreign, have been accredited  to cover the running of the bulls “encierro”, on July 7th and July 8th the most popular days due to the number of participants in the event.  Another 12 journalists are accredited only to cover the “Chupinazo”, which marks the beginning of the fiesta or “el Pobre de Mí”, which ends it.

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