UN, Press Banned from Delegates' Entrance, Spokesman from
Matthew Russell Lee
NATIONS, April 22 -- As the UN Security Council takes up the
seemingly arcane subject of its "working methods," there
was a development Thursday morning on the move by some Permanent
Council members to give less access to the press.
convoluted series of rules, below, about how the press can use the
outside the Security Council, and essentially Banning the press from
the Delegates' Entrance, were emailed to correspondents, on behalf of
April's Japanese presidency of the Council.
Spokespeople for other
Council members, when shown the diktat, said it was more restrictive
than they had agreed to. They pointed the finger at top UN security
official Gregory Starr as responsible. We'll see, if the
Spokesperson's Office answers.
been barred from Council consultations, now refuses to answer
questions about why it was barred and what it is doing. On April 22
Inner City Press asked Spokesperson Martin Nesirky for an update on
the Secretariat's access to the Security Council consultations. from
the UN's transcript:
Nesirky: I told you before Matthew, that this is something that you
could ask the President of the Security Council about. This is a
matter for them. But, as I have also told you, we -- meaning my
Office -- have a role to play in ensuring that the Secretary-General
is up to speed on what is happening. And as I say, further to that,
it would be better for you to speak to the President of the Security
City Press: That’s exactly why I was asking for the update. If you
regain access or if there is some development, it seems like you
Nesirky: If there is a development you would know about it.
April Council President in front of surreal
painting, Banning not yet explained
the UN has decided to install an unmanned camera to film the entrance
to the Council. But it will not have sound. Inner City Press has
dubbed them "drone cameras." Thursday morning there was a
delay in installation, as the single key to the now storage space
under the stairs could not be found. Then when the work began it was
abruptly stopped as too loud for the Council.
conditions above the library continued to deteriorate, with all phone
conversations audible and the decision to cancel in-house telephone
calls to UN missions in the field not rescinded. A meeting with Capital
Master Plan chief Michael Adlerstein and others on these
subjects, delayed so that Ahmad Fawzi's replacement Eric Falt could
attend, then conflicted with a stakeout by the International Civilian
Aviation Organization. Now it is announced that Mr. Falt is already
leaving, to take a post at UNESCO in Paris. Bon voyage.
stairway message send out to reporters:
find below the rules for press access in the Security Council area,
including the stairs. This information was provided by the Japanese
Mission, which is holding the Security Council presidency for the
month of April.
The press will, in principle, stay in the closed off area to the
right of the stairs.
The press will be able to call out to a PR (or a member of a
delegation) and ask if s/he can follow that PR (or a member of a
delegation) up the stairs to continue their conversation. If the PR
(or a member of a delegation)
the member of the press may leave the closed off area, follow that
person up the stairs, turn “LEFT” to go out to the entrance and
resume their conversation.
The press will not be able to go beyond a certain point from the
stairs (something will be put up to indicate how far they can go).
When the conversation is over the press will go back down the stairs
and go into the closed off area.
The press will not be allowed to roam around on the 1 st floor or the
top of the stairs (Delegates' Entrance area), nor will they be
allowed to accompany someone coming down the stairs.
These restrictions are all for safety reasons.
The Kuwaiti boat area (the area to the “RIGHT” of the stairs if
you are going up) will be for delegates only.
safety. One wondered how this would be policed: with ankle bracelets on
the journalists? Watch this site.