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As Nicaragua Threatens Media For Not Signing Statement UNSG Guterres Silent, Press Banned

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Video Song
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UN GATE, June 2 – As Nicaragua threatens criminal investigations and other sanctions against journalists, including on the vague charge of not signing an inaccurate statement, in the United Nations on June 2 no one asked SG Antonio Guterres or his spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it, and the two said nothing.

  Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Guterres for 1066 days and counting, got none of its written questions answered, despite Dujarric's on-camera promise to do so.

  In Nicaragua since late May, authorities have summoned at least 16 journalists to give witness testimony relating to a money laundering investigation into Cristiana Chamorro, a prospective candidate in the country’s November 7 presidential elections. María Lilly Delgado, a freelance correspondent for the U.S.-based television network Univision, was questioned.
On May 28, the Nicaraguan prosecutor’s office issued a statement saying Delgado refused to sign a statement and answer questions, but did not state whether she was under formal investigation.  Delgado says, “I never said that I was not willing to answer questions and sign the documents, but their statements had various inaccuracies. I requested they revise them and they refused."

At the UN in July 2018, after Inner City Press was roughed up, a statement was taken in a basement on 45th Street UNITAR building, with no recording or corrections allowed. Inner City Press has not been allowed in the UN since.

Meanwhile, we can report, in the US State Department briefing on June 2 the issues of Nicaragua came up and deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter said the Administration supports freedom of press: "the United States supports the freedom of the press and will continue to champion that not only in Nicaragua but all over the world."

  If so, what about the UN's 1066 day ban on Inner City Press? Likewise, on Belarus, after dissident blogger Pratasevich was grabbed off a Ryan Air flight forced to land in Minsk, many including the US spoke.

But for more than a full day, nothing from Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General who rarely takes questions and even had the Press which asked him about the mass killings in Cameroon thrown out of the UN. Alert here; new Belarus Blues song here.

Now on May 30, The chief editor of a popular Belarusian news site has been detained on Sunday and his home searched. Aliaksei Shota, editor of, was detained with police officers claiming he was being investigated on suspicion of extremism. His site focuses on Grodno, Belarus’s fifth-largest city. Authorities said Shota “posted information products that were duly recognized as extremist.”

Officers confiscated computer hard drives from his home.  Shota had worked with with Belarus's most popular internet portal, before it was shut down by the government this month after 15 employees were arrested. From Guterres? Silence - he wants all P5 support for a second term.

On May 28, Guterres' UN Press Briefing Room hosted a press conference, from which Inner City Press was banned, in which the grabbing of Pratasevich was called fake news, in response to questions from state media.

 Inner City Press has asked incoming UNSC president for June Estonia for access - and it and the Free UN Coalition for Access (FUNCA) will report on all results.


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