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Ignoring Due Process Before July 4, UNCA Defends Reuters False Exclusives?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 3 -- Five days after the UN Correspondents Association was notified that its bubbling "Board of Examination" investigating Inner City Press didn't comply with the rudiments of due process under applicable law, on July 2 UNCA president Giampaolo nevertheless summoned Inner City Press to a 3:30 pm meeting on July 3, the eve of US Independence Day.

  Inner City Press wrote back to Pioli and the other members of the UNCA executive committee

"to ask you to state what the agenda of this meeting would be, consistent with the letter you have acknowledged to me having received on June 28, which I am again attaching hereto and whose author I am cc-ing.

While you and Lou [Charbonneau of Reuters] on June 29 both asked me to withdraw my journalist's Freedom of Information Act request regarding the Voice of America / UNCA Treasurer complaint filed against me with Stephane Dujarric of the Department of Public Information, you also seemed to say that despite the letter, you intended to have the 'Board of Examination' you have appointed immanently issues its report.

As I have argued, and the letter makes clear as a matter of law, the Board of Examination is flaw, is not impartial, and has not provided me due process.

I am asking, among other things, if the Board of Examination or its 'report' are on the agenda for the meeting you propose.

Additionally, if you or Lou intend to raise my complaint that Reuters at 5 pm on June 30 labeled as its own "exclusive" a story much like one Inner City Press published, tweeted and had in Google News more than five hours previous on the morning of June 30, I'd like to make clear that my request to Lou and Reuters was and is that the mis-label of 'exclusive' be removed.

Finally, as I'd think you know, the Security Council has consultations starting at 3 pm on Tuesday on UNSMIS (the Syria observer mission) which I want to cover, and I'm sure others do as well.

As I told you on June 29, you and the UNCA executive committee should closely read, or seek counsel on, the June 28 letter and respond to its author, who is cc-ed on this e-mail. I, and he, will await your response."

  As has so often happened with Pioli's and Charbonneau's UNCA, there has been no response, just the looming threat of a kangaroo court, in this case to enforce the "right" to mis-labeled stories already published by others as big media "exclusives."

  After Inner City Press, which delayed two days writing about Charbonneau's false exclusive, asked UNCA's President to belatedly address the issue, only to be told it is somehow not as relevant as Inner City Press withdrawing its FOIA request, it published about the false exclusive.

  Less than two hours later Inner City Press was informed that Charbonneau had ranted, "with a green apple as green as his shirt," that he would revive all charges against Inner City Press in retaliation.

  Contrary to all US principles of freedom of the press, Pioli has since September 2011 demanded that Inner City Press remove from the Internet factual reports that Pioli rented one of his dozen apartments to Palitha Kohona, who was then an official of UN which Pioli covers.

Later, Kohona became the UN Ambassador of Sri Lanka, and Pioli granted Kohona's request to screen a government propaganda film denying war crimes, Lies Agreed To, without consulting other elected UNCA executive committee members like Inner City Press.

  After seeking appropriate response from Charbonneau, Inner City Press has raised the mis-labeling as exclusive to four Reuters editors: Stephen J. Adler, Editor in Chief; Greg McCune, Ethics & Training; Walden Siew, Top News Editor; and Paul Ingrassia, Deputy Editor in Chief.

  Will these belatedly respond, prior to Pioli's and Charbonneau's 3:30 pm July 3 Kakfa shadow session? Watch this site.

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