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

UNITED NATIONS GATE, February 22 – 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 22 two hours before a Dujarric briefing he began 20 minutes late with his friends where he was not asked about UN rapes in CAR nor Senator Marco Rubio's critique of Guterres, while refusing to answer Inner City Press' questions, Inner City Press submitted 549 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 nor 21. 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 22-1: On Cameroon, what are the SG's comments and actions if any on that Opposition leader Maurice Kamto will today be summoned by a military court on charges which carry the death penalty, as the Cameroonian authorities intensify their post-election crackdown on critics, Amnesty International said today.  Kamto, the president of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun-MRC) is the first of a group of 131 people arbitrarily arrested last month and charged by the military court with rebellion, hostility against the homeland, incitement to insurrection, offence against the president of the republic,  and destruction of public buildings and goods, to be summoned by an investigating judge. They all face the death penalty? 

February 22-2: On Haiti, what are the SG's comments and actions, if any, on that a police officer and two bus drivers were killed in the capital’s Martissant neighborhood on Wednesday, bringing to 12 the number of confirmed fatalities from weeks of sometimes violent protests demanding that Haitian President Jovenel Moise step down? 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 22-3: On Libya and Chad, what are the comments and actions if any of the SG and separately SRSG Salame on that Chadian rebels in southern city of Murzuq have accused the forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar of having targeted civilians in their offensive yesterday? 

February 22-4: AGAIN, 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 22-5: On Morocco, what are the SG's comment and actions if any on that Moroccan security forces fired water cannon at public school teachers demonstrating in Rabat and waded into crowds with swinging batons to block their route to the royal palace, injuring dozens of people.   Several demonstrations were held on Wednesday - marking exactly eight years after the birth of a Moroccan Arab Spring protest movement that awakened a spirit of activism in this North African kingdom.  Police officers charged protesters, beating several to the ground. Ambulances evacuated the wounded to hospitals.  The incidents came as thousands of public school teachers took to the streets of the Moroccan capital to protest against fixed-term contracts that have been in force since 2016? 

February 22-6: On China, what is the SG's comment and actions on that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has sent out a warning to Asia in the face of mounting aggression from Beijing. Tsai said the military threat posed by China was growing "every day" in line with a more assertive foreign policy under its President Xi Jinping. "If it's Taiwan today, people should ask who's next? Any country in the region -- if it no longer wants to submit to the will of China, they would face similar military threats," said Tsai... 

February 22-7: On Mozambique and the press freedom the SG is set to speak about in Geneva, what is his comment and action if any on that the Mozambican government Thursday of arbitrarily detaining journalists covering the fight against a jihadist insurgency in the country's north.  About half-a dozen journalists have been arrested in the line of duty since last June, as well as drivers, interpreters, and other crew members. Two reporters remain in custody. 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 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? 

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