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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Dujarric of Cameroon Canada UN Rapes Michaud Uzbek Fleming Bans Press SG Censors 800+ UNanswered

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

UNITED NATIONS GATE, Sept 17 – Inner City Press on 5 July 2018 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' Department of Global Communication issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process. Guterres has 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 September 17 more than three hours before what would have been a noon briefing by Spokesman Stephane "French Whine" Dujarric except he cancelled it for a wan presser by Amina "Rosewood" Mohammed, after the July 26 noon briefing had no questions at all, video here, Inner City Press submitted 1210 questions, including why it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person: "There are more than 800+ 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 Sept 6 (while you still withhold if-asked information about Cameroon child rape(s) in DRC),  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 3-28, and July 1-2, 8-31 and August 1-5, 8-30, Sept 3-5, 9-16 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.

September 17-1: On Cameroon, what is the SG's belated comment and action if any after the golden statue and Fifth (Budget) Committee deals with Tommo Monthe on that Cameroonian lawyer Enow Benjamin Agbor has said  that he and his colleague are on strike for five days because they are routinely denied access to their clients.  “Lawyers who insist on seeing their clients sometimes end up in jail themselves," he said. 

September 17-2: Reiterating the question you refused to answer on the morning of September 16, This is a request for the UN to immediately explain the basis on which Inner City Press, despite RSVP-ing for today's Democracy Day event in CR8 and being told by IDEA it was approved and to come pick up ticket this morning in Uganda House - there was no ticket there.    I am asking in the context of USG DSS Michaud's message in late August saying that DSS only follows DPI/DGC's withdrawal of media accreditation, not any wider "ban" on entry. (He is cc-ed). This afternoon's event is not limited to UN accredited correspondents. Therefore I asked before 1:30 pm to be told that I will be allowed to enter with IDEA which now told me to come to the front of the UN at 2:30, or to be informed of the basis for withholding my ticket (and putting IDEA in this situation as well).     On deadline, along with the Cameroon, UN rape, Gulbenkian Foundation, CEFC China Energy and other questions below. Awaiting the UN's explanation - now that IDEA, contrary to USG Michaud's now dubious message, wrote:  From: Massimo Tommasoli at idea dot int Date: Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 12:26 PM Subject: Fw: RSVP To: Inner City Press    Dear Mr. Lee, Unfortunately the UN Security informed us that you will not be allowed to attend our event because of the UN decision of banning you from the UN premises. I shall therefore be unable to obtain a temporary pass for you." Photo here.    The UN never told IDEA that it had granted 29 other requests but not that for Inner City Press; it did not thereafter explain to IDEA why. 

September 17-3: As to Guterres, as he refused to answer outside the "prayer" event, why has he still refused to disclose on his financial disclosure covering 2016 payments he received from the Gulbenkian Foundation which tried to sell its oil company Partex to CEFC China Energy, whose UN representative Patrick Ho was convicted of UN bribery in the SDNY court and is imprisoned in the MCC jail where Jeffrey Epstein was? 

September 17-4: As to DSG Amina J. Mohammed, as she refused to answer outside the "prayer" event, what plans if any do she and her country-person the new PGA have to address the abuse of Cameroon's Anglophones, including by Nigeria though illegal refoulement to life imprisonment and other methods? 

September 17-5: What is the update on the troubling charges that Amina J. Mohammed backdated / signed 1000s of certificates for endangered rosewood exported to China from Nigeria and Cameroon? 

September 17-6: On Burkina Faso what are the comments and actions if any of Guterres and Amina J. Mohammed on police in Burkina Faso fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Monday.

September 17-7: On the UN accepting OFFICIAL immunity for sex crimes by its peacekeepers, what is Guterres action on that a Canadian peacekeeper  sexually assaulted a Haitian woman in early 2013? "There had been a conflict between the two of them, during the course of which he had actually threatened her with his UN-issued firearm." The woman fled from the vehicle the officer was in, which also belonged to the UN, but in the process, she managed to grab his badge — which is how he was identified as a Canadian peacekeeper... There are no consequences for Canadian officers who violate both the RCMP and the UN's rules of sexual misconduct while deployed abroad... 

September 17-8: On press freedom and Uzbekistan, what are the comments and actions if any of Guterres and USG Melissa Fleming on Uzbekistan's preson sentence for blogger Nodirbek Hojimatov?

September 16-1: On Zimbabwe, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that Zimbabwean doctors have staged a walkout in protest at the alleged abduction over the weekend of Peter Magombeyi, head of the doctor's union who has led strikes over poor pay and working conditions. 

September 16-2: On Indonesia and West Papua what is the SG's comment and action if any on that an Indonesian human rights lawyer, in hiding in Australia and facing allegations of provoking civil unrest in Papua and West Papua provinces, has broken her silence to accuse Indonesian authorities of “intimidation”, and fabricating a criminal case against her.  Veronica Koman said on Sunday claiming the Indonesian government was seeking “scapegoats”  

September 10-3: What are the SG's and USG Fleming's view of the ethics of UN Correspondents Association official taking a paid trip to China at this time, with regard to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and bribery by China Energy Fund Committee, which tried to buy the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation which has made payments to the SG? See here

September 9-6: On UN sexual exploitation and abuse, again this the request that Inner City Press asked you and others in writing on the morning of August 19 that you "immediately provide all if-asked and additional information about the new allegation of SEA announced at 11:01 am today, of child rape by a Cameroonian "peacekeeper" in DR Congo and that you immediately provide the "if asked" information about  that you immediately provide the "granular" information that was promised last week at another noon briefing Inner City Press was banned from, to correspondents who barely ask or publish about this topic.

September 4-8: Immediately explain the single lawless line from MALU on 30 August 2019: "Greetings Matthew Lee from Inner City Press, Your media accreditation request, with reference no: M5413398, has been declined for the following reason: Media accreditation was withdrawn on 17 August 2018." This is a formal request for the UN's explanation of grounds for this denial. And a demand for answer to these questions, which MALU has declined to answer:  Who made the decision?  Where is the list of those accredited by [MALU]?  What and to whom is the process of appeal? 

September 3-17: In light of the death of Jeffrey Epstein, now on August 27 multiply accused of sex trafficking along with Ghislaine Maxwell who was allowed to promote her now closed charity in the UN Press Briefing Room, as Inner City Press asked without any UN response on July 22, please immediately disclose all UN interactions with his Ghislaine Maxwell's TerraMar Project and relatedly, with Paolo Zampolli. 

September 3-19: On press freedom and Cameroon, on which you refused to answer on August 13 despite saying the office was staffed and answering, now more specific: what is the SG's comment and action if any, post golden statue, to that Paul Atanga Nji, territorial administration minister, says Cameroon's journalists are becoming highly unpatriotic.  "They have one main objective, just to sabotage government action, to promote secessionist tendencies," said Nji. "I urge them to be responsible. Those who do not want to respect the laws will be booked as being recalcitrant and will be treated as such"... Now that the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled against public officials blocking critics on Twitter even if the official claims their account is private, what is the justification for UNSG Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, with the UN flag in his profile photo and Guterres promoting content, blocking Inner City Press? What is SG Guterres' response / reaction to UN DSS and Guterres' actions on Inner City Press being listed in the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, here.  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? Immediately explain the single lawless line from MALU on 30 August 2019: "Greetings Matthew Lee from Inner City Press, Your media accreditation request, with reference no: M5413398, has been declined for the following reason: Media accreditation was withdrawn on 17 August 2018." 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 Fleming have not even responded... 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 - and respond that Inner City Press on August 24 applied like 100s or 1000s of others to cover the upcoming UNGA high level week, including now formally offering to answer any quesions the UN / DSS might have, having been vetted and accredited elsewhere since, as both USG DSS Michaud and MALU have formally been timely informed -- and how it is possible that a media that closely covers and uncovers the UN could be denied entry, other than (SG) censorship.

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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