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Amid Mugabe Death Echoes Of UN of Guterres Making Him A Goodwill Ambassador Like Partners With MBS and Biya

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNGATE, Sept 6 – Amid coverage of the death of Robert Mugabe at the age of 95, it is important to note that the United Nations system under Antonio Guterres made Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador." Guterres, now in the midst of covering up child rapes by UN peacekeepers and banning the Press which asks daily about it from entering the UN to cover the UN General Assembly high level week, never explained or apologized for the goodwill ambassador appointment. He just moved on to coddle other dictators, from Paul Biya in Cameroon to similar dalliance with Saudi Crown Prince MBS.

   Back in 2017 the one responding to the outrage at Robert Mugabe being named a Goodwill Ambassador was World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ,who rescinded the appointment. During the controversy, the head of the UN system Antonio Guterres was notably silent. He heads the system, but is not providing leadership, at the very least not publicly. On October 23, Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq if Guterres had done anything at all, and the answer was no. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press: did the Secretary-General have any view or involvement in the… the on-again and now off-again appointment of Robert Mugabe as the goodwill ambassador of the World Health Organization (WHO)?  Did he think that was an appropriate move? And did he ever… did he call Tedros [Ghebreyesus]… you know, the director of WHO? What does he think of it? Spokesman:  Regarding that, no, the Secretary-General had no role in this." Ah, leadership. But Guterres is responsible for inaction on mass killing in Cameroon, and censorship of the Press in the UN. The UN often blames similar absurdities on "member states" - WHO, in this cases, responded. But unlike the UN's cover up of bringing cholera to Haiti, its cover up in Cameroon including with threats to the Press and its assistance to North Korean cyanide, this was a simple matter of dropping an outside party, not the UN's own sins. The latter, the UN has a strong aversion to, including under Guterres. Earlier this year when Inner City Press asked Guterres spokespeople  why the UN World Intellectual Property Organization provides help to North Korea for patents on cyanide, the UN refused to comment, just as it did on retaliation by Francis Gurry against whistleblowers at WIPO and other UN system agencies. Several Inner City Press readers have recently mused that perhaps Guterres will give some goodwill position to Cameroon's Paul Biya, like Mugabe a "long time President," in Biya's case for 34 years. This as the UN delivered a threat to Inner City Press to “review” it accreditation on Friday afternoon at 5 pm. The UN official who signed the letter, when Inner City Press went to ask about the undefined violation of live-streaming Periscope video at a photo op by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, had already left, minutes after sending the threat. What to make of the letter's vague statement, "filming and recording on the 38th floor are limited to official photo opportunities, and recording conversations of others in the room is not permitted. It has been brought to our attention that you breached that rule recently"? It's not only vague as to when, but absurd: once a Periscope is authorized to start streaming, it is impossible to not record someone who speaks loudly at the photo op. This comes two days after Inner City Press asked Guterres about the UN inaction on threatened genocide in Cameroon, and the UN claimed Guterres hadn't heard the 15-second long question.  Recently at a photo op, Guterres' adviser on Cameroon Khassim Diagne spoke loudly. Inner City Press later reported, based on sourcing, that Diagne who was previously the representative to Cameroon for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency Guterres ran, speaks in favor of Cameroon's government. Is this letter a response to the reporting? Is it retaliation? Is it intimidation to stop reporting on this threatened genocide? We can't ask the complainant, Maher Nasser: after the threat was delivered, he blocked Inner City Pres on Twitter, here.

  It also comes after Alison Smale the head of the Department of Public Information which would “review” Inner City Press' accreditation has ignored three separate petitions from Inner City Press in the six weeks she has been in the job, urging her to remove restrictions on Inner City Press' reporting which hinder its coverage of the UN's performance in such crises as Yemen, Kenya, Myanmar, and the Central African Republic where Guterres travels next week, with Smale's DPI saying its coverage of the trip will be a test of its public relations ability. But the UN official who triggered the complaint is Maher Nasser, who filled in for Smale before she arrived.

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His complaint is that audio of what he said to Inner City Press as it staked out the elevators in the UN lobby openly recording, as it has for example with Cameroon's Ambassador Tommo Monthe, here, was similarly published

A UN “Public Information” official is complaining about an article, and abusing his position to threaten to review Inner City Press' accreditation. The UN has previously been called out for targeting Inner City Press, and for having no rules or due process. But the UN is entirely UNaccountable, impunity on censorship as, bigger picture, on the cholera it brought to Haiti. And, it seems, Antonio Guterres has not reformed or reversed anything. This threat is from an official involved in the last round of retaliation who told Inner City Press on Twitter to be less "negative" about the UN - amid inaction on the mass killing in Cameroon - and who allowed pro-UN hecking of Inner City Press' questions about the cholera the UN brought to Haiti and the Ng Lap Seng /John Ashe UN bribery scandal which resulted in six guilty verdicts. We'll have more on this.


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