Not your Typical Souvenir

It’s probably something of a non-event for seasoned journalists and probably even a bit of a pain in the ass to get their press passes, but I would warrant that a great many of them still have the first press pass that they got.
As you can see below, I managed to get a pass from MONUC, which as explained previously was quite useful. It’s very cool that it actually comes on a card that will stand up to the test of time. Ultimately though, it’s not the most elite of things since you can find guys selling blank case cards on the street which allow you to make any kind of ID that you’d like. It’s also the case that often guards don’t even look at them. They see that you’re a mundele and they see the blue cord around the neck, so it must be okay for you to go in to HQ.
But that’s about it. Now I’ve got a press pass for the DR Congo mission that’s good until October. Note that this is only good there. I can’t bop off to New York and get in there. That requires a whole new press pass. I suppose this is part of what they mean by, “Restricted Access”.
Not your Typical Souvenir