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As UN Bans Inner City Press E-Asks Spox Dujarric of China Angola Guinea Canada Niger UN Sex Abuse Cameroon Zim Fleming Bans Press 1000+ UNanswered

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

UN GATE, Jan 13 – 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. The head of the UN Department of Global Communications said, again, that the UN would answer Press questions to the Spokesman Stephane Dujarric and his Office; Dujarric said the same on camera. On January 13 before a noon briefing by Stephane "French Whine" Dujarric in which he updated yet another wasteful and pretextual junket to by Guterres but had nothing in his opening about Iran, after the July 26 noon briefing had no questions at all, video here, Inner City Press submitted 1486 questions, including why it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person: "There are more than 1000+ questions UNanswered. No answers at all during the four days of the US v Ho trial showing corruption in the UN says it all; no answers during the Honduras narco-president trial while UN bragged about taking his money, nor on OneCoin. 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.

January 13-1: On Guinea, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and his envoy(s) as there is a heavy security presence on the streets of the Guinean capital, Conakry, ahead of opposition protests against President Alpha Condé's suspected plan to amend the constitution so he can run for a third term in next year's elections.

January 13-2: On corruption, Angola and SG Guterres' own staffer(s), what are his and their comments and actions if any on that Angolan courts have not taken any action to seize the foreign assets of the billionaire daughter of ex-President José Eduardo dos Santo but "will not hesitate to resort to such mechanisms if necessary", a prosecution spokesman has told Reuters news agency.  Last month, a court ordered the freezing of Isabel dos Santos' Angolan assets and bank accounts as part of an attempt by the government to recover about $1bn (£760m) it says it is owed. The 46-year-old lives abroad, saying she moved from Angola because her life had been threatened.  She runs a huge business empire with stakes in companies in Angola and Portugal, where she has shares in cable television firm Nos SGPS.  Prosecution spokesman Alvaro Joao said the case was not being treated as a corruption case, but as a civil matter related to debts owed to the state... Again, January 6-3: On corruption and Angola, what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres on the actions and actions against Isabel dos Santos? Separately, what are SG Guterres' comments and actions if any on the retweet by his close aide Aguinaldo Baptista of Ms. Dos Santos decying "fake news"? 

January 13-3: On China and Zimbabwe, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately his USG Liu on that      China’s foreign minister has accused Western powers of waging a "Cold War" against Zimbabwe, as he condemned the sanctions imposed on the economically embattled southern African state.  Wang Yi held talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, as he rounded up a five-nation tour of Africa. China is building a new parliament for Zimbabwe at a cost of more than $150m (£135m) and has loaned Zimbabwe more than $1bn to rehabilitate its Hwange coal power plant. 

January 13-4: On Niger, UNSC member, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that Niger army chief sacked after 89 soldiers killed Niger's army chief Gen Ahmed Mohamed has been sacked, four days after militant Islamists killed 89 soldiers in an assault on a military base, inflicting the biggest loss on the military in a single day.  Gen Mohamed's dismissal, along with that of three other top officers, was announced by state radio following a meeting of the cabinet.  Gen Mohamed's tenure of more than two years has been marked by a sharp increase in attacks by militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) group.  He has been replaced by Maj Gen Salifou Modi.  Niger declared three days of mourning following Thursday's killing of the 89 soldiers at Chinegodar camp in the western Tillaberi region.

January 13-5: On Canada, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that B.C.'s human rights commissioner is urging the Canadian government to stop the eviction of Wet'suwet'en and Secwepemc peoples who are protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline in the province's north. 

January 13-6: On "UN75," please immediately state how the UN selected Vox to partner with: "To inspire and inform the dialogues, the UN is also partnering with Vox Media’s brand studio, Vox Creative, to create a video informed by interviews with 38 people from around the world, sharing their experiences and opinions related to important global issues, to be launched on 6 January." 

January 13-7: On UN sexual exploitation and abuse - alleged - as Inner City press asked in writing on December 30 without response, this is a request that you immediately provide  the "if asked" information about the two new cases of sexual exploitation in CAR by Cameroonian UN "Police" that were put online after 5 pm on December 30 (a day when you refused to answer 7 questions including on previous UN rapes), and the (Dec 19) rape case by a UN Volunteer in DRC in June 2019 - what nationality? What's been done for the victim(s)? and the Dec 9 sex abuse cases in CAR by Gabon, DRC and Morocco UN "peacekeepers, and the Dec g  about the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sahel, and the two more November 26, 3 pm cases of sexual exploitation in CAR by Cameroon troops in September 2019 (!)

January 13-8: On SG Guterres' Town Hall in Geneva, on which you refused Inner City Press' Dec 20 question, what is your summary of what SG Guterres said given that Inner City Press will be publishing more of it?

January 13-9: As previously and repeated asked, where has UNSG Antonio Guterres been for the past week(s), and how much public money has he spent? 

January 13-10: On Zimbabwe (see above) and press freedom, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately his USG Melissa Fleming on that the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, ZUJ, is deeply concerned by increasing threats to journalists working in Masvingo Province.  This follows threats made to Hevoi FM News Editor Regis Chingawo by a ruling Zanu PF councillor, Sengerayi Manyanga.  The councillor reportedly wants to control the radio station’s social media policy but his attempts have been thwarted

January 3-1: On Cameroon, what are the comment and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately of USG Melissa Fleming on the return of refugees to Cameroon from Nigeria and other countries in the region. The Paul Biya government has been bragging about these, but many in Cameroon and elsewhere question where it is again refoulement, like that of Ayuk Tabe and 46 others, unacted on by the UN system.? And, again, on Paul Biya's New Years speech threatening more state violence in SW and NW regions? 

December 31-5: On North Korea / DPRK, what are the comments and action if any of SG Guterres on (1) this afternoon's release on bail of Virgil Griffith for attending a crypto currency conference in Pyongyang in April 2019; (2) SG Guterres' "exclusive" statement to Capitalist Tool publication Forbes about blockchain and why it was not put on the UN's website (provide it now), on (3) "Before Guterres pushes for more blockchain adoption at the UN, he might want to take stock of what it’s already got" per Decrypt, and (4) this, by the UN: "The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) this week approved its first round of funding for a project aimed at helping North Korea deal with climate change, the agency’s website indicated on Thursday.  The program, titled “Readiness and Preparatory Support for Capacity Building of NDA (National Designated Authorities) and establishment of a National Strategy Framework for engagement with GCF in the DPRK,” will be implemented through the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to which GCF will be providing the funding." What steps have these UN bodies take with regard to sanctions on DPRK?

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 3-19: 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 [and AOC unblocking Dov Hikind], 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.

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