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UNSG Guterres Hold Town Hall, Press Banned UNlike In Previous Years By Gallach

By Matthew Russell Lee
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UNITED NATIONS, January 9 -- When new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held his first Town Hall meeting on January 9, Inner City Press went in early to stake it out - that is, stand in front and speak to attendees -- as it has in previous years.

   But this year, due to a retaliatory eviction by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's head of communications Cristina Gallach and Ban's holdover spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Inner City Press could not pass through the turnstile on the UN's second floor. And there was no one in Gallach's Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit office. Inner City Press and its coverage were banned.

  So here was the notice the UN sent out, provided to Inner City Press by UN staff:

“Dear colleagues,

Secretary-General António Guterres will hold a first global townhall meeting with UN staff on Monday, 9 January 2017 from 9 - 10:30 am (NY time) in the ECOSOC Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Many duty stations away from New York will participate via video-teleconference. All staff members of the UN Secretariat, as well as Agencies, Funds and Programmes, are encouraged to attend the townhall in person if they are in New York.

UN Staff, do you have a comment or a suggestion you would like to share with Secretary-General Guterres?

You may submit comments or questions HERE (anonymous submission is possible)... A selection of frequently asked questions submitted by staff will be presented during the Townhall meeting.

Warm regards,
The Department of Management “

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The United Nations at the beginning of 2017 still has no Freedom of Information Act, no content neutral standards for media accreditation and no right to due process or appeal for journalists. This is UNacceptable.


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