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UN Spox Dujarric Refuses To Give Press Even If-Asked Responses He's Supposed To, Burundi

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 22 – What is the bare minimum a spokesperson should be expected to do, for an organization like the UN? Should it include answering journalists' written questions, particularly when another part of the organization has given the spokesperson an if-asked response? Stephane Dujarric, entrenched as UN spokesman since Kofi Annan, does not meet even this low standard.

  Take February 22, 2017 as an example. Dujarric, who had not done a briefing in 13 days even when his new boss Antonio Guterres was back, canceled the day's briefing. Inner City Press submitted in the morning some written questions on Yemen, Myanmar and Burundi, on which it knew from multiple sources that Dujarric and his office had been given if-asked material, since they are such cowards even with the Pierre Nkurunziza regime that they will only comment "if asked."

  But Dujarric didn't even provide the if-asked answers that he had. He has previously laughed as the nickname "Lazy Spox" but it is worse that that. In early 2016, three days after Inner City Press asked Dujarric about South Sudan and Burundi, here, Dujarric evicted Inner City Press from the UN Press Briefing Room then the UN as a hole, including a grotesque scripted "if asked" telling Inner City Press to come in to vacate its office, here.

  Now he has given himself the freedom to not answer Inner City Press' questions even if those above him in the UN system have given him an if-asked. Is he working for the UN? We'll have more on this.

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