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Norway As UNSC President Bans Inner City Press Questions on Juul and Epstein, Cameroon

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UN GATE, Jan 4 – Who is the UN Security Council President now, for January?  Norway, which has refused to answer Inner City Press' questions about its Ambassador Mona Juul's connections to indicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and now convicted procurer Ghislaine Maxwell. Inner City Press asked since December for access to Norway's January 4 press conference taking over from Niger. After days, nothing.

 On January 4, Inner City Press sent additional written questions, on South Sudan and UN rapes and censorship, directly to Mona Juul's listed email address. As of this writing, after she entertained softball questions, none on Cameroon or Haiti much less Nigeria, no response. In the UN "hybrid" briefing - for which Norway would not even provide the WebEx code, as the IMF does for Inner City Press - revolving door UN PGA staffer Meena Syed was there, with Astrid Sehl taking the lame questions, several of them repeats. Watch this site.

Back on December 30 Inner City Press wrote to the NorwayMission to the UN to request access to its January 4 press conference by Ambassador Mona "Epstein" Juul.

 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission including ragnhild.simenstad [at], asking: "This is a timely request that you send Inner City Press the pass code(s) to access Norway's Mission's UNSC Presidency press briefing by Ambassador Mona Juul, on Jan 4 and throughout January. I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Sudan, Myanmar, Cameroon, Haiti, Nigeria, Yemen and Libya - and on the UN/SG's and Norway's / the Ambassadors links with indicted sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein (now deceased) and Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted yesterday at the SDNY court I now report from, and the sexual harassment charges against Fabrizio Hochschild on which Inner City Press first reported in April 2019, for example. (Likewise we exclusively published from UN whistleblowers UNAMA emails, and information about the positive COVID test in the UN's FF building and since).   Inner City Press is asking to be provided with access / the passwords to your Norway Mission's stakeouts and press conferences this month as UNSC President - including on issues of UN(SC) compliance with NYC COVID-19 rules. As president of the UNSC you have duty to respond to media of and in the host city.     As I hear that you may be moving the Council more and more fully back into its Chamber, either way I would also like to ask you to instruct MALU  / USG-DGC Fleming to allow me to enter to cover it, for Inner City Press.    I should be allowed to put question to the Norway Mission as UNSC President - this is a formal request that you take steps to allow and not block on, by the morning of December 31.     Be aware that I for Inner City Press am invited to ask questions by the IMF at its briefings (see, e.g.,  Sept 16, 2021: IMF answers Inner City Press questions on Guinea, Ukraine (Bitcoin, El Salvador) and Venezuela, IMF video here    on June 10, 2021: on Tanzania and Cameroon here and on El Salvador here  Also June 24, 2021 on that and Cameroon, see still UNanswered Cameroon question to UN here  and July 15, 2021, Q&A with IMF on Haiti, Paraguay & El Salvador, Cameroon  Twitter: here

  Given who else you'll be letting in, there is no basis not to immediately give Inner City Press the WebEx codes.  Please immediately confirm receipt, and provide the passcode or state why not.

Three days later, nothing - inconsistent, to say the least, with Norway's duty as President of the UN Security Council. 

  Their "program of work" has NOTHING on Cameroon or Nigeria, but small arms and exclusion. No Burma, no Haiti.  We will be covering this month, censored or not, in detail.

Inner City Press covered the UN and UNSC under Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon then was thrown out under Antonio Guterres after asking him directly about [among other things including Cameroon,] the omission from his financial disclosure covering 2016 of his link, through Lisbon's Gulbenkian Foundation which paid him money, to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy.

This was and is a legitimate journalistic question however Inner City Press has been banned by Guterres and his USG Melissa Fleming. 

There is no commitment by the UN Secretariat to even respond to a polite law firm letter seeking access to Inner City Press, see video. See also Press Freedom Tracker and The Independent (UK)

The Norwegian Mission and Norway have a duty to not collude in censorship, and to take questions from media. Inner City Press is permitted (in fact, invited) to put WebEx questions to the IMF briefings, see below, and is accredited at the SDNY Federal court here in New York. 

So it is up to Norway and the Norway Mission to provide access.

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