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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Eri Kaneko of Cameroon, Raid, Pollard, South Sudan Drennan, Mansion HK German SG Censorship 600+ UNanswered

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

UNITED NATIONS GATE, June 10 – 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 June 10 three hours before the UN noon briefing run by Eri Kaneko who did not answer a single one of the submitted questions, from Cameroon to China, Inner City Press submitted 921 questions, including why it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person: "There are more than 500+ questions UNanswered. And Monday Sept 17, Tuesday Sept 18, Wed Sept 19 and  Thurs and Fri Sept 21, that whole week, no questions answered. Nor Sept 25, nor 28th - nor October 2 nor 3. While appreciating and using what was belatedly sent on May 20 about sexual exploitation allegations and on March 28 in partial request to Inner City Press' questions about the UN bribery sentence of Patrick Ho of CEFC and CEFC's 2018 attempt to buy the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation which paid the SG, 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. 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 nor 15 nor 18 nor 19 nor 20 nor 21 nor 22 nor 25 nor 26 nor 27 nor March 1 - 27 (!) And now April 1, 3-30 (one answer in the entire month - corrupt), and now May 1-13, 15-17, 21-31, June 3-7, many questions. 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. 

June 10-1: On Cameroon, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that on June 8 over 200 supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement were arrested in Yaounde? The supporters were arrested at various locations in town  as they were about to carry out a protest.  The CRM had announced a protest for Saturday at the central town but the area was flooded by anti riot security forces... 

June 10-2: On UN retaliation and corruption, please immediately explain the raid on the office and computer of Tony Wilson, Chief, Financial Policy and Internal Controls at the D-1 level with the Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget, and provide the SG's response to this sent to Inner City Press by UN staff worried about further retaliation: "  "From: [ ]  Date: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 1:17 AM  Subject: info  To: Matthew.Lee [at]  I write you inform to you about Tony Wilson, Director in UN Management. Wilson complained to the big bosses about retaliation after he made reports to Investigations. He won at UN court but gave up when he got sick and not been at work since. Last week his desk was raided by Investigations. Bosses told all staff that all his equipment and files were taken, in a meeting, and the Wilson is investigated. We hear he is suspended.  This is the response by bosses. Staff are scared of reporting anything." 

June 10-3: Speaking of Management / the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC), please confirm upon receipt and well before noon that the SG is giving the top post to replace Jan Beagle to Catherine Pollard, and if so explain how her string of internal justice system losses while head of OHRM impacted or was taken into account in the decision, along with for example her long recent travel to Morocco "to accompany the Moroccan PR" and stay in a hotel in Marrakesh far outside UN DSA ranges. Who paid for that? And her use of business class to Argentina for the South South conference, while interpreters took coach despite UN rules. Also confirm that Moses Abelian is being made head of DGACM. 

June 10-4: In South Sudan please immediately state the UN's role in and aware off the security worker's strike in Juba, and UN DSS chief Peter Drennan's response to it including an email he sent casting aspersion on journalistic reporting on it. See below, re DSS Dobbins and Drennan's refusal to ever respond to questions about his rough-up of Press and order to other officers not to give their names, despite a promise of response by Jane Connors. 

June 10-5: Since the SG claimed publicly that the mansion he lives in "cannot" be sold, please immediately provide any and all documents with such a restriction, and separately explain why the concept of cy pres or reformation of donor intent has not been explored. Separately,  Boutros Boutros Galli wrote in his book that the building was given by Arthur Houghton through the United Nations Association of the USA. What actual inquires, with UNA-USA or any successor to Houghton or Corning Glass, has Guterres made? 

June 10-6: Relatedly, with the SG making excuses for living alone in a $15 million mansion, please confirm his orders to  downsize or merge agencies by Sept. 2021, including IFAD and WFP as well as UNCTAD, UNDP, UNIDO and UNEP... 

June 10-7: What is the SG's comment and action if any on that hundreds of thousands - or one million protested in Hong Kong on Sunday against a government plan that would allow extraditions to mainland China? The mass demonstration was among the largest in Hong Kong’s history, and another sign of rising fear and anger over the erosion of the civil liberties that have long set the semiautonomous city apart from the Chinese mainland. 

June 10-8: On Kazakhstan, what is the SG's comment and action if any on the protests during the election with “hundreds” detained, a British journalist being hauled into an Almaty police station, and riot police out in full gear? 

June 10-9:  On Saudi Arabia, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that  Saudi teenager Murtaja Qureiris, held for more than four years without charge faces possible execution for acts he is accused of having committed when he was as young as 10? 

June 10-10: On press freedom and Germany, what is the SG's comment and action if any on the German Ministry of the Interior's draft legislation that would make it easier for intelligence services to surveil journalists and their sources and would remove protections prohibiting the country's domestic and foreign intelligence services from hacking journalists' computers and smartphones during terrorism investigations? The law would also loosen the restrictions on Germany's domestic and international intelligence agencies' ability to use spyware -- software installed on a computer without the user's knowledge to transmit data about the user's activities -- to surveil targets... In the UN, what has the accountability been for Lt Ronald E. Dobbins and those those refused on camera to give their names? What is each of yours - particularly the SG's - response to the letter written and sent by Burundi activist Manisha Lievin? To the April 15 letter to the SG, DSG and USG Smale for which receipt has not even been acknowledged, other than a single lawless line from MALU: "Your media accreditation request, with reference no: M66561081, has been declined"? This is a formal request for the UN's explanation of grounds for this denied, and since SGcentral, the SG's chief of staff and Deputy SG and USG Smale haven't even confirmed receipt of the April 15 letter much less responded, for reconsideration. 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.

June 7-1: On Liberia, what is the SG's comment and action if any on today’s Save-the-State protest and the incident Monday that saw a member of the national legislature, the controversial Rep. Yekeh Korlubah come under protest as he left a talk-show appearance on Sky FM’s 50-50, and youths were beaten by authorities?

June 7-2: On DRC and UN failure, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that the UN has failed to deliver justice for the killing of at least 30 civilians in Mutarule, South Kivu province, in June 2014? UN peacekeepers stationed in the area were aware of the attack but failed to intervene. What has the UN done?

June 7-3: On Cameroon, as Inner City Press asked on the morning of June 5 (a day on which the deputy spokesman while not responding on Cameroon did respond, at least partially, to a DC-based correspondent), and again on June 6, what is the SG's response, after receiving Biya's golden statue and multiple meetings with Tommo Monthe only about his the chairmanship of the UN Budget Committee, on NRC now saying NRC: "Cameroon tops the Norwegian Refugee Council’s annual list of the world’s most neglected displacement crises launched today.

June 7-4: On UN impunity and having brought cholera to Haiti, what is the SG's comment and action for UN accountability, if any, now that a cert petition and amicus brief have been filed to put the UN's impunity in Haiti before the U.S. Supreme Court? What is is response to amicus brief argument that absolute denial of redress.  Notably in Jam v. International Finance Corp., 860 F.3d 703 (D.C. Cir. 2017), the D.C. Circuit held the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), head- quartered in Washington, D.C., was immune from civil liability in a case arising out of an IFC-funded project. In Jam, the D.C. Circuit struggled to deter- mine the exact extent of IFC immunity....The amicus brief is certified as served on the head of OLA - please immediately confirm that he / OLA have received the brief.

June 7-5: On press freedom and Nigeria, what are the comments and actions if any of the SG and separately DSG Amina J Mohammed that  Nigeria's broadcasting authority shut down private radio and television stations owned by a key opposition figure who hours earlier said his media operations were being targeted in a crackdown.  

June 4-3: On UN sexual abuse and exploitation, AGAIN as requested on the morning of June 3 immediately disclose what IS the new "allegation of SEA" which the UN on the morning of June 3 announced by e-mail. Clicking through to the UN website, the previously announced case against South Africa peacekeeper is no longer at the top of the page, and it is unclear what the new allegation is. This lack of clarity is unacceptable.

May 15-3: On the Public Financial Disclosures for 2017 belatedly published over the weekend of April 27-28, please state why Mohammed Ibn Chambas, like the Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, Cristiana Paşca-Palmer, UNICEF's Henriette Fore, with documented links to ExxonMobil and others, USG Mark Lowcock (undisclosed while the Secretariat's speaker at the UNSC Arria on Cameroon), UNCTAD's Mukhisa Kituyi, UN Women's Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNOG chief Michael Moller, UNDP chief Achim Steiner,  Heidi Mendoza, Adama Dieng, UN Security chief Peter Drennan, Rosemary DiCarlo and Nicholas Haysum, is not even on the list. OIOS chief Inga-Britt Ahlenius reported - why not Mendoza? Where IS Mendoza? Isn't it a bad practice for the UN's head (anti) genocide definition official to conceal from the public even cursory financial disclosure? Did DiCarlo decline to make any public disclosure despite being the UN's top political officer? What is the even plausible applicability of this line from SG Guterres' web page: "Please note that given the multi-cultural environment of the UN and the often security sensitive locations where UN staff are either working or come from, full public disclosure may not always be a viable or sensible option for certain staff members"? Why has Guterres changed the previous system in a which a "choosing not to disclose" statement was upload and listed, to one which helps conceal who reports and who does not?  Again, state why considering the UN bribery conviction of Patrick Ho of CEFC, and CEFC's attempt to purchase the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation which paid Mr. Guterres in 2016 was omitted from his online public financial disclosure covering 2016, and why Guterres has not even started an audit of CEFC in the UN. 

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