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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Haq About Cambodia UN Rapes Cameroon FCPA Venezuela Censorship 400+ UNanswered

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

UNITED NATIONS GATE, March 19 – 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 19 four hours before a UN noon briefing where Dujarric's Deputy Farhan Haq who did not answer a single question from Inner City Press but referred to the "Dominican Republic of the Congo," Inner City Press submitted 633 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 1-16 (!) 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 19-1: On Cambodia, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that Phnom Penh Municipal Court last week issued multiple arrest warrants against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and seven other people charged with conspiracy to treason and incitement.  In a statement issued by the court on Tuesday and obtained yesterday, Judge Koy Sao issued eight warrants for Mr Rainsy and the seven who fled overseas in the wake of the CNRP being dissolved in 2017.  The seven are Eng Chhai Eang, Mu Sochua, Ou Chanrith, Ho Vann, Long Ry, Men Sothavrin and Tok Vanchan? 

March 19-2: On the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (under which Patrick Ho of CEFC was convicted, but still not audited by the SG), what is the SG's comment and action on this, copied to Inner City Press: "Contracts for telecom infrastructure with more than 400% cost higher and double paid some services to SITA supplier (DDoS, etc).  26.3.3 Some dubious contracts such as Mr. Gabriel Rosca have worked on Valencia with the DFS team to develop some cloud templates and after that UN brought the same templates through a Spanish company, close to Mr. Gabriel Rosca.  26.3.4 Mr. Amat Gaye participated for a week, in Washington DC, at a conference related Project Management Institute (PMI), although the OICT Project Management methodology is Prince 2.  26.3.4 Some aspects related licensing and support that the UN paid.  26.3.5 Mr. Gabriel Rosca - without to hold a BS' degree, diplomas or certifications, although in his resume appear that he has a BS diploma, he is formally appointed as a project manager although he is not, and he works as a system administrator, however, the UN pays with 30+ % more than for a resource without BS diploma. He was nominated as a “strategic resource” on the cloud project notwithstanding he did not have practical experience to implement cloud. He is an evident conflict of interests with the UN"? 

March 19-3: On UN sexual abuse, beyond the questions from Inner City Press that you refused to answer or acknowledge yesterday, what is the SG's response to the criticism of him by Code Blue? 

March 19-4: On press freedom and Venezuela, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that " In a report this month, the Caracas-based Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) said that so far this year, 25 websites have been blocked during events of public interest, such as last month's Venezuela aid concert on the Colombian side of the border and efforts by opposition leaders to move humanitarian supplies into the country.  Blocked domains included widely read independent news websites such as Efecto Cocuyo, El Pitazo, and Caraota Digital, as well as YouTube and Instagram.  "Most websites with anything valuable to read get blocked," Azpúrua said. "Live coverage of anything that is newsworthy is censored'"? 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 18-1: On the SEA report which was not sent to Inner City Press by the UN but by others, and which Inner City Press voluntarily refrained from reporting on until the 10 am deadline, please before 10 am explain (a) six allegations were considered conduct in violation of non-fraternization policies and not to contain indications of sexual exploitation or abuse - question: did these cases not involve sex?

March 18-2: On Kenya, what is the SG's comment and the UN's action on the starvation in Turkana? 

March 18-3: On "reform," on Friday it was said that 27 new Resident Coordinators are being recruited. Since these are not on the SG's webpage, please immediately state which 27 RC positions are being recruited for, and how much it will cost the UN and the public. 

March 18-5: On Uganda, what is the SG's comment and action if any on reports that least 104 people who were taken to various health centres after eating poisoned porridge supplied by the World Food Programme (WFP), have been discharged. Karamoja region was last week thrown into panic after the lead agency in fighting hunger in the famine-prone area, distributed Super Cereal porridge, sugar and cooking oil to 120 families at Alakas Health Centre II in Amudat District, which turned out to be poisonous? 

March 18-6: What is the SG's comment and action on this, copied to Inner City Press, on a " possible FCPA violation may have occurred between Microsoft Corporation and the United Nations [now see here.]

March 18-7: On cyber-censorship in Turkey, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that the judicial authorities blocked almost 3,000 online articles last year and the government is beginning to clamp down on online video services? 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 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 15-5: 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 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 13-5: 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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