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UN Deletes Corruption & Kagame Qs from Congo Summary, Ntaganda Propaganda

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 -- Not only does the UN under Ban Ki-moon and his spokesman Martin Nesirky cut off follow up questions about corruption, as happened to Inner City Press Tuesday while questioning Congo envoy Roger Meece about a delayed and ill-conceived "Quick" Impact Project in Walikale -- now, Ban's UN has erased any trace of the corruption question from its summary of Meece's press conference.

  Compare video here, from Minute 14, with this UN "press release" which also omits Inner City Press' question about historic links between Bosco Ntanganda, indicted by the International Criminal Court, and Rwanda.

  Less than a week ago, Ban's Secretariat sought to censor an already published Inner City Press story about its failing observer mission in Syria.

On Tuesday after the now-erased questions to Meece, Nesirky allowed Inner City Press only one question -- on its March 28 scoop of US Middle East official Jeffrey Feltman coming to as Ban's main political adviser -- then refused a question on another Ban adviser, on peacekeeping, alleged Sri Lankan war criminal Shavendra Silva.

It's one thing for Nesirky to on-camera cut off question: at least that can be seem. But for the UN's "public information" machinery to produce purported summaries that leave out not only major questions, but also a long answer from Ban's own envoy Meece? This has descended into propaganda. If you can't trust Ban's UN on simply things like summaries, what can you trust it on?

Footnote: while ultimately this is on the watch of Ban Ki-moon and, it is noted, a fish rots from the head, it will be interesting to follow the chain that leads to this type of absurd censorship and erasure, as a new head of DPI -- Inner City Press has named the Greek former minister Lambrinidis -- comes in. Watch this site.

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