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US Blinken on Belarus' Pratasevich Grab As Hypocrites Inactive on SG Guterres' Press Ban

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UN GATE, June 21 – Right after dissident blogger Pratasevich was grabbed off a Ryan Air flight forced to land in Belarus, 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 June 21 Antony Blinken of the US Staet Department, which has yet to act on  Guterres banning Inner City Press now for 1084 days amid its questions, this: "The United States has taken action against dozens of Belarusian individuals and entities in response to last month's forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight between two European Union member states and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofiya Sapega.... Since the fraudulent August 9, 2020 election, the State Department has designated 155 Belarusian and Russian nationals under PP 8015.  The United States continues to support international efforts to investigate electoral irregularities in the 2020 Belarusian Presidential election and the violent crackdown and abuses that ensued.  We stand with the people of Belarus in support of their fundamental freedoms."

  Earlier there was this, "There can be no Press Freedom when there is fear.  [See see this and this at UN.]

Signed,     Co-chairs of the UN Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives of Greece, France and Lithuania    

Annex:  Co-signatories members of the Group of Friends (in alphabetical order): Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Latvia, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, USA, Uruguay."

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 then incoming UNSC president for June Estonia for access, to which there has been no response (ACT is just an act) - and it and the Free UN Coalition for Access (FUNCA) will report on all results.


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