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Day After ICP Asks UN of Sudan Ouster, Reuters Runs Answer With No Credit

On Bangladesh Detentions, ICP Asks UN, Spox Calls It Merely Local Matter

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 20 -- After Bangladesh detained even hostages of the bakery attack in Dhaka, after calling the UN to drop Saudi Arabia from the Yemen child killer list, Inner City Press on July 20 asked UN spokesperson Farhan Haq, UN transcript here:

Inner City Press: Can I ask about Bangladesh? There is a call after that terrorist attack on the Holey artisan bakery, a number, some of the hostages, at least two by name, have beenů haven't been either released or charged, and so a number of human rights groups have said that the Government should either charge them as being part of the plot or release them rather than keep them incommunicado and not even said where they are.  Is the UN system aware of that and what is their view of it?

Deputy Spokesman:  I don't believe we would have any comment on this at this stage because this is a matter that is being handled by the local, that is to say the domestic legal authorities; but we hope that they will follow basic due process in terms of their follow-up activities.

  Deference to all "local" proceeding? That's not the UN policy elsewhere...

Amid the violence in Bangladesh in February and March of 2015, Inner City Press five times asked the UN how it reviews whether the military personnel it uses from Bangladesh have not been involved in human rights violations. February 5 videoUN's February 20 transcript; February 23 transcript, video here.

By Matthew Russell Lee, Follow Up on Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, December 25, more here -- Amid charges that the UN in Sudan, including Herve Ladsous' UN Peacekeeping in Darfur, has colluded with the authorities in Khartoum to cover up rapes and killing, now the UN's Resident Coordinator Ali Al Za'tari has been ordered to leave Sudan by January 2, Inner City Press first reported earlier today.

  On December 24, Inner City Press similarly exclusively reported and then asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric about UNDP Country Director Yvonne Helle being ordered out of Sudan, citing her and Al-Za'tari's e-mails. Video here.

  A full day after that, Reuters reported on Helle's ouster -- typically, for Reuters, with no credit to the Press' prior exclusive story. (Reuters' UN bureau chief has said he has a policy of not crediting Inner City Press' exclusive, and has gone to far as to censor, Sudan-style, his "for the record" anti-Press complains to the UN, click here for that, via EFF's ChillingEffect.org).

 Now, after UN Spokesman Dujarric issued two statements on the afternoon and evening of December 25 responsive to the question Inner City Press asked at the December 24 noon briefing, Reuters has run a piece with no fewer than eight journalists listed, and of course no credit. This is policy, untransparenty (when Inner City Press asked top Reuters brass including Stephen J. Adler for Reuters policy on crediting, none was provided.)
 But eight journalists?

  The above-referenced Reuters UN bureau chief, it must be noted, under his own byline sought to exonerate Ladsous, reporting without context complaints made to Ladsous about another UN staff member, without mentioning Ladsous' own role in covering up rapes in the DR Congo and now Darfur. Reuters has not reported the complaints against Ladsous, even as a Permanent Three mission on the Security Council has confirmed to Inner City Press its receipt of the letter.

   On December 24, Inner City Press asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Sudan having just similarly "PNG-ed" or declared persona non-grata the Sudan Country Director of the UN Development Program Yvonne Helle, with Za'tari barely pushing back against the government.

  Dujarric said that host countries' ordered to PNG a UN staff member are treated seriously and should be sent to, and considered and acted on by, Ban's Secretariat in New York. But Dujarric in the 18 hours after Inner City Press asked about Helle has not returned with any information or answer. Then Reuters published its story, with no credit.



 

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