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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Dujarric of China Yemen Nigeria DRC Cameroon Egypt Censorship 300+ UNanswered

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT Q&A, NY Post

UNITED NATIONS GATE, February 21 – Inner City Press on July 5 was banned from entering the UN, the day after it filed a criminal complaint against UN Security for physically removing it from covering the meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget, as witnessed and essentially cheered on by senior UN official Christian Saunders, tearing its reporter's shirt, painfully and intentionally twisting his arm and slamming shut and damaging his laptop. On August 17, Guterres' Global Communicator Alison Smale issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process. She and Guterres have put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Smale said, again, that the UN would answer Press questions to the Spokesman Stephane Dujarric and his Office; Dujarric said the same on camera. On February 21 three  hours before a Dujarric briefing with his friends where he read a statement on Cameroon - Guterres raising money with / for Paul Biya - that none present asked about, while refusing to answer Inner City Press' questions, Inner City Press submitted 542 questions "There are more than 300+ questions UNanswered.  While appreciating and using what was sent on January 29 after it was read out in the briefing room, no answers on Dec 17 or 18 or 19 or 20 or 21 - another FIVE days in a row, even as SG's direct conflicts of interest and failure to disclose emerge, and a newest low. While appreciating the lone partial response to Question Feb 8-8, nothing on Dec 24 or Dec 26 or Dec 27 or Dec 28, or January 2, 3 or 4 or 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 or 14 or 15 or 16 or 17 or 18 or 21 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 25 or 28 - that was FIFTEEN week-days in a row, apparently under orders, then a simple post-facto answer. Now what? No answers on January 30 nor 31 nor February 1 nor 4 nor 5 nor 6 nor 7 nor 11 nor 12 nor 13 nor 14 or 15 nor 18 nor 19 nor 20. No answers at all during those four days of the US v Ho trial showing corruption in the UN says it all. This ban is just censorship - and Inner City Press must be allowed back into the noon briefing to ask its questions in person and follow up on them.

February 21-1: What is the SG's comment and action on that a Chinese surveillance company has been tracking the movements of more than 2.5 million people in a region where authorities have waged a crackdown on Muslim minorities, a researcher has discovered. Police checkpoints and security cameras have been recording the location data of residents of the Xinjiang region, according to a Dutch cybersecurity expert, who uncovered an online database containing names, photos, ID card numbers, birth dates and employment details of people monitored? And what is the SG's comment and action on that on WeChat, posts containing  so called “sensitive words” –such as Tiananmen Massacre, Liu Xiaobo and Occupy Central, perhaps CEFC China Energy – can’t be posted? 

February 21-2: On Yemen and arms controls / human rights, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that the Australian defence department can’t guarantee that Canberra-made remote weapons systems, that attracted a taxpayer subsidy, won’t be used in the bloody Yemen conflict? 

February 21-3: On Nigeria, what is the SG and separately DSG's comment and action on that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered  security agents to kill ballot box snatchers during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections? 

February 21-4: On DRC, what is the SG's comment and action on that civil society organizations from the two Kivu provinces have expressed concern about the upsurge in violence and the multiplication of Congolese and foreign armed groups.  They have asked the Security Council to command the United Nations Mission in Congo to attack all armed groups without distinction, including those supported by governments. What IS the UN's policy in treated such gov-supported militia? 

February 21-5:  What is the SG's comment and action on that Comoros' ambassador to the United Nations has said that "the Supreme Court of the Comoros is completely corrupt. All the judges were appointed by President Azali. He said that he is surprised that France "says nothing about the excesses of power"? 

February 21-6:  On Egypt and freedom of the press, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that Egyptian officials placed a foreign correspondent in custody after he landed in Cairo on Monday, detaining him for hours without food or water, and then ordered him onto a flight to London? And AGAIN, please immediately explain how it is legitimate to ban from enter into the UN the media that has been asking about these and other questions, with no hearing or appeal.

February 20-1: On Haiti, what is the SG's comment and action on that five Americans who claimed to be on “a government mission” are facing charges of possession of illegal arms and other crimes in Haiti after being arrested by Haitian police with a cache of automatic rifles and pistols while driving in vehicles without license plates. In all, eight individuals, including a Russian, Serbian and Haitian national, were arrested in Port-au-Prince. Again, what is the SG's comment and action on accountability after the death toll of UN driving into a collective taxi has hit four? "A traffic accident involving a United Nations armored vehicle killed four people and injured nine in Port-au-Prince on Saturday...The vehicle of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) lost the use of its brakes while driving in the capital and collided with a collective taxi — known as a tap-tap — according to witnesses." 

February 20-2: On Cameroon, what is the SG's comment and action on the UNHCR-certified refugees illegally refouled from Nigeria (while the DSG was there) in military court today in Yaounde? Is the UN even monitoring the military trial of refugees? Again, on sexual abuse and exploitation, Cameroon and the UN's increasing lack of transparency, please immediately provide all if-asked and other information about the allegations including attempted rape allegation against Cameroon peacekeepers in CAR and the South African in DRC. Again, what is the SG's comment and action on the report today from Serbia that "The United Nations states that it was a complaint that was received in January, that it was an alleged victim and that the proceedings against the suspected leader were also within the UN and Serbia. The Ministry of Defense did not answer the question of the Whistleblower whether an investigation and a disciplinary procedure is being conducted against that member of the Serbian Armed Forces.... the case of sexual exploitation for which the suspected Serbian soldier was first reported by an independent American journalist Matthew Lee, who has been writing about abuses in the United Nations for years." Explain why you have refused to provide the if-asked information Inner City Press requested. 

February 20-3: On Myanmar, what is the SG's comment and what is the UN system doing about that more than 200 refugees from Paletwa township in Chin State who fled to Bangladesh from fighting between the Tatmadaw (military) and Arakan Army (AA) on February 3 are stranded at the border and need aid, said U Win Thein, head of the Refugee Rescue Committee of Bangladesh.  U Win Thein said the 280 refugees – including ethnic Chin, Khami, Mro and Rakhine from Paletwa, Kintalin and Kha Maung Wa villages – are camped on a hill near Ruma township in Bandarban district in Bangladesh. 

February 20-4: What is the SG's response to US Senator Marco Rubio's criticism that he is playing right into Maduro plans.. When it comes to democracy & human rights UN increasingly worthless"? 

February 20-5: On Angola, what is the SG's comment and action, if any, on that the police arrested nine people in the Cabinda enclave. They are all members of a Church in which the pastor preaches for the self-determination of the Cabinda people? 

February 20-6: On Malawi and the press freedom the SG is set to speak about in Geneva, what is his comment and action on that Malawi police and Immigration officer on Monday detained a South African financial investigative journalist Ntombizodwa Patience Makhoba at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre and subsequently deported her? While she looks into the financial roots of a Malawian businessman? And AGAIN, please immediately explain how it is legitimate to ban from enter into the UN the media that has been asking about these and other questions, with no hearing or appeal. 

February 19-1: On Sudan, what is the SG's comment and action on that on the arbitrary arrest and detention of 116 political activists between December 2018 and February 2019 for their participation or suspected involvement in the ongoing anti-government protests. At least three detainees, including 1 female have been subjected to six-month detention under the emergency law in North Kordofan and North Darfur states. Authorities have targeted opposition party leaders and members who are actively involved in the ongoing protest. Many were arrested during protests and raids in private residences and party houses.  Of the 116 political activists detained, 31 are members of the Sudanese communist party, 49 are Baath Arabic party members and 36 are members of the Sudanese Congress party. Again, confirm or deny SG meeting (not in family photo but hotel) with ICC indicee Bashir. 

February 19-4: Also on CAR, in light of what was said at yesterday's briefing, state what the UN has DONE about the allegations since October 2018 - what is the SG's response to MSF's complaints that Batangafo in October and November, at least 15 people were killed and 29 others injured in the attack on the town, some 400km north of the capital Bangui, according to the report published on Monday.  It said the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR or MINUSCA, failed in its primary responsibility in the country? 

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