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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Dujarric About Cameroon Kosovo Nigeria Bangladesh CSW Censorship 400+ UNanswered

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

UNITED NATIONS GATE, March 15 – 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 March 15  hours before a UN noon briefing where Dujarric went "off the record" and off camera about the UN rapes he refuses Inner City Press' questions on, Inner City Press submitted 622 questions: "There are more than 400+ 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 28-3, 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 nor 22 nor 25 nor 26 nor 27 nor March 1-14. 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. 

March 15-1: On Cameroon, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that 26 people who were arrested in Cameroon in January during protests called by opposition leader Maurice Kamto have been given one-year jail terms for “illegal gathering and demonstration” or just planning to take part in a non-political demonstration? What does the UN say about the reported murder of civilians by Biya's forces yesterday in Sop and Melim? 

March 15-2: On Bangladesh and Myanmar/Rohingya, what is the SG's position on Bangladesh's plan to start relocating over 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal? 

March 15-3: On Nigeria, what are the comments and actions of the SG and separately DSG on that " Nigerian Military had announced that it had received credible intelligence report of a plan by the Amnesty International to release a false report on “fictitious rape incidents” in IDPs camps in the North-east region of Nigeria, urging the public to disregard the report.  However, AI released the report, entitled “They betrayed us”, the global rights group reported “how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) have separated women from their husbands and confined them in remote ‘satellite camps’ where they have been raped, sometimes in exchange for food.”  Amnesty International said it has collected evidence that thousands of people have starved to death in the camps in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, since 2015"? 

March 15-4: On Kosovo and UN impunity, since no one allowed in asked at yesterday's noon briefing, what is the SG's response to UN expert Baskut Tuncak saying the UN housed Roma families and other ethnic minorities in toxic camps in Kosovo and then failed to compensate them.“The circumstances demand individual compensation and a public apology by the United Nations,” the UN expert said after a meeting with victims and UN officials in Kosovo.  “I am deeply disappointed by the inertia surrounding this case." What is Mr. Guterres doing? 

March 15-5: Please explain the basis of Inner City Press yesterday afternoon being singled out and pushed out of the metal detector line at the Visitors Entrance of the UN despite being  invited and with a ticket to the press freedom / CSW event "Journalism and the Empowerment of Women: New Challenges in the Digital World." The DSS officers said it was based on a "barred" list and that they would show me the list once I left. But they never did. This is a request to see this barred list, and separately to be informed how people are put on it, what due process if any is afford, and how a person put on the list can appeal. In my case this is a request to be informed what person or persons put me on the list, and why. 

March 15-6: Also on press (un) freedom, and South Sudan, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that " Anna Nimiriano, Juba Monitor editor (South Sudan) works to keep her co-workers at the Juba Monitor newspaper out of jail, but authorities have threatened her with arrest and previously ordered her to shut down the paper, one of the leading daily English newspapers in South Sudan"? AGAIN, 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.

March 14-3: On UN bribery and Patrick Ho's sentencing submission -- where did the $1 million a year in "administration" go? Is any going to be returned, as was done in the case of Sun Kian Ip Foundation? Again: the filing states inter alia that "Beginning in 2013, the CEFC Think Tank also held annual symposia at the United Nations (“UN”) devoted to issues raised at the most recent annual political convention in China. In addition, the CEFC Think Tank, in consultation with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (“UN-DESA”), established and funded the “Powering the Future We Want” grant—an annual $1 million award for a promising sustainable energy project (the “Energy Grant”). The CEFC Think Tank donated approximately $2 million to the UN every year to fund the prize and its administration." What entity or subdivision of the UN took the $1 million beyond the $1 million "prize"? What are the details on the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 "symposia" by this UN bribery group? Again, why has SG not initiated an audit at least like Ban Ki-moon did on Sun Kian Ip - and why did the SG omit his paid board position with Gulbenkian Foundation, which tried to sell its oil company to CEFC, from his public financial disclosure covering 2016? When are the already delayed public financial disclosures, including that of Alison Smale who had not yet published anything, be made available? 

March 13-4: On China, and Kazakhstan, what is the SG's comment and action on that A prominent human rights activist and China critic based in Kazakhstan, has been arrested by Kazakh police and charged with inciting ethnic strife, according to his lawyer.  Serikzhan Bilash is the co-founder of Atajurt, an Almaty-based organization that brings attention to the crackdown on Muslims in China's western region of Xinjiang.  Aiman Umarova, Bilash's lawyer, said that her client was arrested on Saturday night in Almaty and transferred to Astana, the Kazakhstan capital. Umarova added that Bilash was "roughed up" during his arrest? 

March 13-5: On Venezuela and press freedom, what is the SG's comment and action if any on the disappearance / detention of journalist  Luis Carlos Diaz? AGAIN, 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.

March 11-3: Also on Uganda, perhaps relatedly, what is the SG's comment and action on President Museveni's threat to pull Ugandan troops from AMISOM? 

March 8-1: On Cameroon, what is the SG's comment and action if any on the holding over of barrister Michele Ndoki, whom the government previously shot, on charges like Maurice Kamto of "rebellion"? 

March 8-2: On UN corruption and bribery, yesterday evening Inner City Press saw in front of the UN and questioned Francis Lorenzo, who pleaded guilty to UN bribery. Please immediately state the last time convicted UN bribery felon Francis Lorenzo entered the UN (same for former El Salvador Ambassador Carlos Garcia, who it was shown facilitied Lorenzo's illegal acts, and for Patrick Ho), and state whether Lorenzo is affiliated in any way to the Dominican Republic mission to the UN. 

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