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New UN PGA Lajcak Told ICP “There Will Be No Secrets," Awaiting Website, Ng Lap Seng Echo

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 7 – Back on May 31 when the UN General Assembly's new President Miroslav Lajcak came to take questions in from the GA Hall on May 31, Inner City Press asked him as the last question about the then still undecided bribery case involving former PGA John Ashe and Macau based businessman Ng Lap Seng, and whether he would commit to disclose who pays for his travel and his staff, and try to codify this in a GA resolution during his year. Video here. Lajcak to his credit stayed and took the question, ending with “There will be no secrets.” Since then, Ng Lap Seng has been found guilty of six counts of UN bribery and money laundering. Inner City Press' questions about the duty of UN Security which guarded Ashe to report crimes witnessed has not been answered. And on September 7, Lajcak is doing what's described as a media meet and greet - in the private clubhouse of a group that took funds from Ng Lap Seng's South South News, including full page ads for their ball where Ng got photos with Ban Ki-moon. Tellingly, it was only publicized to people who pay the group money. For actual reform, at the UN as elsewhere, the devil is in the details - and at the UN, real reform rarely gets done. We'll have more on this, including when the PGA72 website belated goes live (said to be September 12). In the UN until now, basic questions about who is paying who, which staff are seconded, go unanswered. Other questions to Lajcak were about US President Donald Trump. When the UN Security Council's 15 members traveled to Washington on April 24 for lunch with US President Donald Trump, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell in one of many curtain-raisers reported that only the Permanent Members ever chair the Council (false) and that the Elected Ten cannot vote (also false). Trump in five minutes of remarks now online here chided the Council for inaction on Syria, called for action on North Korea and hoped for cost savings and, more importantly, better performance. In one step for UN reform and transparency, a resolution was adopted on April 19 to henceforth webcast to the public the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, which Inner City Press has covered and critiqued for some time. Inner City Press notes that a similar, even more basic reform is needed: due process rules for journalists at the UN, where currently there are none. As to the NGO webcasting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on April 19 said, “Today's vote will bring increased transparency and accountability to the United Nations. Now all of these meetings and votes will be open for the world to see. This major win at that will greatly assist organizations that stand up to oppressive governments around the world.” We agree: see below. But when will the needed reforms - any reforms - for content neutral accreditation of media at the UN, and due process of some sort before UN censors can throw the Press, happen? After the UN Department of Public Information gave Inner City Press two hours to leave, for having covered an event in the UN Press Briefing Room related to the Ng Lap Seng UN corruption case, there has been no appeals process. Pro-UN media only recently arrived have been given office space; Inner City Press' long time shared office is being given to an Egyptian state media Akhbar al Yom whose correspondent Sanaa Youssef rarely comes in and never asks questions. For fifteen months and for now ongoing, Inner City Press is required to have UN minders to cover events on the Conference Building's second floor, unlike other media. It is lawless censorship and must be addressed.


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