Reply from APEC Secretariat

Dear SHAM Yee Lam and Shirley Yam:

  Thank you for providing a detailed account of the incident in Bali.

  Media accreditation for Leaders' Week was the responsibility of the host economy in 2013 (Indonesia’s National Organizing Committee) and that included the APEC CEO Summit which runs alongside the official meetings between APEC officials, ministers and leaders.

  The APEC Secretariat was not involved in the accreditation process nor in the organization of the APEC CEO Summit. This incident was handled by the privately-hired APEC CEO Summit host committee media team.

  This committee oversaw the distribution of overpasses to cover the APEC CEO Summit in Bali and took action remove the credentials of the media. The decision to remove the accreditation was taken by Indonesia’s National Organizing Committee.

  Questions relating to interaction with the media at the these events should be addressed to the Office of the Chair of the Indonesia’s National Organizing Committee in relation to APEC Leaders' Week and to the Office of the Chair of the APEC CEO Summit Committee.

Michael Chapnick