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As UN Bans Inner City Press 1243rd Day It E-Asks Spox Dujarric of Afghan UN to Almaty Leak Tigray, Law Firm Letter UNGA Reilly Haiti Cameroon Fleming 9000 UNanswered

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UN GATE, August 18 – Inner City Press on 5 July 2018 was banned from entering the UN, two day after it was physically removed from conducting interviews outside meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' $6.7 billion budget.

  Then Guterres' Department of Global Communication, run by Melissa Fleming, issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process, no right of appeal.  Guterres has put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Guterres' Spokesman Stephane Dujarric falsely promised on camera that he would be answering banned Inner City Press' questions - but see below.

     On August 18 after Guterres again refused to answer but the IMF did answer, May 6 here, Feb 25 here, Feb 4 here, here (3 Dec 2020), like here, before Stephane "French Whine" Dujarric, previously the face of UN lies on cholera in Haiti (and on July 9 saying he will continue hybrid briefings, exclusion of Inner City Press more and more absurd), not his now equally censoring Associate Eri Kaneko, nor Deputy Farhan Haq, held a briefing and Inner City Press submitted yet more questions (blocked by Dujarric's screener Florencia Soto Nino on +1 917 226 7816 and Dujarric himself on +1 917 622 7652; he directed some favored scribes to Eri Kaneko on +1 917 208 8910, who now blocks Inner City Press on WhatsApp as well) including on the basis on which it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person. Now also on the basis for withholding publicly funded UN video from the Press. There was no answer from Farhan Haq on +1 917 592 4591, not even a confirmation of receipt, and now UN official like Hua Jiang, Eri Kaneko, now on screen Jennifer Confilio, Adam Smook, Marisela Rivera and others to be named taking public money for a UN briefing blocking email questions about the UN's spread of Covid 19 - May 21 Inner City Press video with commentary here and here, edit here, June 16 video of Kaneko who had briefing go dark and never returned to explain here and here -- who will be held accountable? July 16 and ouster here, July 17 raw and UNTV... August 11 briefing and quarantine violations, Nov 23 here (with those allowed in obsessed by Antony Blinken and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, whom we too will cover, and did even before nomination, here), Feb 11 here, Feb 12 here (short because Honduras coverage, another Guterres cover up), Feb 26 here, March 1 here, March 2 here, March 3 here (Twitter video briefing by Brenden Varma who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter), April 13 here, April 15 here, April 16 here, April 21 here, April 22 here, April 23 here, May 4 here, May 6 here, May 25 stand-up here, May 26 here, June 2 stand-up here, June 3 stand-up here, June 4 here,  June 8 stand-up here, June 17 stand-up here, IMF answer to ICP on June 24 here, VLOG Aug 3 here, Aug 4 here, Aug 9 here & Aug 9 Q&A here, Aug 16 Vlog here, Inner City Press asked:

These written question are posed and responses requested pursuant to the until-now broken commitment the the UN will "continue to answer e-mailed questions from Mr Lee" Inner City Press, here

Aug 18-1: Immediately explain the basis for banning me and Inner City Press from the UN and its briefings when not only the IMF on May 20, 2021 on Sudan and El Salvador, here

and IMF on June 10, 2021: on Tanzania and Cameroon  and on El Salvador

and Wilson Center on May 20, 2021 on North Korea, here, and also on March 26, 2021 the US State Department takes Inner City Press' questions, transcript here 

and May 27, 2021 "Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung On the Secretary’s Upcoming Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica," "Let’s go the line Matthew Russell Lee.  QUESTION: Sure. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking the question. I had wanted to ask specifically about Honduras. There have been a series of cases in the Southern District of New York where the brother of the president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, his brother Tony was convicted of drug trafficking," see here.

What is the response of SG Guterres' / USG Fleming to the letter sent to her and others by the Quinn Emanuel law firm regarding ending Press censorship?  See "answer" August 9, here: letter received, no change in status - no reply.

After repeated non-answers to the above, on August 9 UN Spokesperson Dujarric was asked "Quinn Emanuel wrote a letter to the UN asking about reinstatement of our colleague Matthew Lee into the UN press corps. Do you have any comment on that?        Spokesman:  No. All I can tell you is that we've received the letter, and I'm not aware of any change to his status... It's been received. Whether or not it's been answered, I don't know yet." How can the UN, which preached press freedom, not even answer a letter for a journalist from a major law firm? What is your answer? When will Inner City Press be restored to resident correspondent status, like various state media?

On Afghanistan and the UNAMA memo from Marija Sendekovic Inner City Press obtained and published, questions: How was Almaty selected? What other cities were considered? What information was required? Was it a bidding process? How long ago did the UN make this plan? How many staff are in Almaty? WHY DID YOU REFUSE TO ANSWER FROM AUG 16?

On Ethiopia and Tigray, what is SG Guterres' explanation of and action on this leaked audio of UN Country Team?

 On Afghanistan (and Uganda) what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that Following the announcement that refugees fleeing the Taliban are to be hosted in Uganda, the country's gender minister has joked about attractive women being among them.  "I have seen our Ugandan men praying for safe landing of Afghanistan refugees, and sharing various photos of ladies as below," Betty Amongi said on Twitter.

On Cameroon, what are the comments and action if any of SG Guterres on that Cameroon's President Paul Biya has been pictured wearing a mask for only the second time since the coronavirus pandemic started.  President Biya returned to the country on Monday after weeks of a private stay in Geneva, Switzerland. He was accompanied off the plane by the first lady, Chantal, who also wore a mask.  Local media report that the president has only worn a mask publicly once before, during his sister's burial

On UN retaliating against whistleblowers, what is SG Guterres' response to recent public statements by Emma Reilly that steps are being taken to fire her by the end of August, under a UN claim that whether names of Uighur dissidents were given to China is irrelevant to the case? Now, confirm or deny that USG Pollard is inquiring into / investigating UN staff who re-tweet Emma Reilly, as she states.

 On the in-person, no-vax "honor system" UNGA week Inner City Press has asked each of you in writing about every week day since Aug 3, what is you response to a Turtle Bay resident responding to presumptive Manhattan BP Mark Levine with "As a resident of the United Nations neighborhood, the evident disregard the UN is showing for its own World Health Organization's guidance is not appreciated"? 

  On Burma, what are the belated comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the Myanmar junta's criticism, citing the Vienna Convention and the UN, of the SDNY prosecution of two Burmese for plot to kill Myanmar's ambassador to the UN?

On Haiti, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately his SRSG on that Haiti and its developement agency are being sued for non-payment of $27 million worth of delivered oil, with the Central Bank of Haiti on August 4 moving to intervene in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (which Inner City Press covers, including the chase of UN bribery by CEFC China which tried to buy the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation, which paid Mr. Guterres but not disclosed on his public financial disclosure covering 2016). This case is Preble-Rish Haiti, S.A. v. Republic of Haiti, et al., 21-cv-4960. 

On UN retaliating against whistleblowers, what is SG Guterres' response to recent public statements by Emma Reilly that steps are being taken to fire her by the end of August, under a UN claim that whether names of Uighur dissidents were given to China is irrelevant to the case? 

ON DEADLINE: Amid Aug 3 reports that NYC will require proof of vaccination for indoor events, starting this month with full enforcement mid-September, and in light of UN announcement of "honor system" in person UNGA high level week Sept 21, will that now be canceled or proof of vaccination required of everyone?

What are SG Guterres' comments if any on the findings of sexual harassment and retaliation by NYS Government Cuomo? And why has Guterres covered up for Hochschild, and retaliated including against Press reporting on Hochschild and UN peacekeepers' sexual abuse cases?

On UN retaliating against whistleblowers, what is SG Guterres' response to recent public statements by Emma Reilly that steps are being taken to fire her, under a UN claim that whether names of Uighur dissidents were given to China is irrelevatn to the case? 

On UN sexual exploitation and abuse - alleged - this is a repeated request on the new cases of UN sex abuse in CAR by UN "peacekeeping" troops from Gabon and "the Congo" - and Nepal peacekeeper child rape in DRC - data-dumped at 10:07 am on July 21, 2021 that you immediately provide the "if asked" information which Inner City Press already asked each of your for without response (cover up), also all those earlier in July and the June 15 data-dumped cases none of you have answered Inner City Press on, also about case of child rape in CAR by a Gabon "peacekeeper," a UN civilian child rape in DRC and a UN civil sex abuse case in South Sudan

 Why is the investigation of Fabrizio Hochschild taking so long, particularly in light of the quotes attributed by the SG by Swanson in the audio Inner City Press exclusively published

On Iran (and the UN) what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres, who has refused to disclose UN and UNFCU engagement with now indicted Iranian lobbyist Afrasiabi, on the July 13 criminal complaint against four Iranians for plotting to kidnap a prominent Iranian opposition activist and writer in exile, Brooklyn-based Masih Alinejad, and take her back to Tehran? Charged in SDNY are: ALIREZA SHAVAROGHI FARAHANI, KHAZEIN, KIYA SADEGHI, OMID NOORI, and NILOUFAR BAHADORIFAR.

 As I asked in writing on the morning of July 6, without answer from any of you, On UN sexual exploitation and abuse - alleged - this is a request on the new 2021 UN sex abuse in DRC and Haiti by UN "peacekeeping" civilian international UN staff members, including UN Volunteers, with nationality not given (alleged rape), dumped at 10 am on July 6, 2021 that you immediately provide the "if asked" information, also the June 15 data-dumped cases none of you have answered Inner City Press on, also about case of child rape in CAR by a Gabon "peacekeeper," a UN civilian child rape in DRC and a UN civil sex abuse case in South Sudan, all data dumped at 12:35 pm on Jan 5, 2021, ... This is a request that you immediately confirm receipt of these questions and requests.  This is a request that you immediately confirm receipt of these questions and requests and explain how UN spox and official blocking such questions is not complicity -Matthew Russell Lee,

  As Inner City Press has asked even before you banned it, state when Guterres knew of charges against Hochschild, and what "hands down the pants" case the OIOS investigator told him about in the audio Inner City Press exclusively published and asked you about, here

On UN SEA, immediately provide all if-asked and other information on this:  On April 12, 2021 at 12:01 pm, the UN data dumped additional instances: sexual exploitation by UN Police and Military from Senegal in the Central African Republic. Provide the if-asked info, including anything done for victims, immediately.

On Honduras, given the March 22 guilty verdict in SDNY court with defense lawyer telling Inner City Press that President JOH has been or will be indicted, here, please immediately explain why SG Guterres' representative in Honduras Mrs. Shackelford on March 11 took and tweeted a selfie with a Honduran military official. And, now UNICEF, with JOH. In the closing argument on March 19 the prosecutor said corrupt Commissioner Martinez was head of finance for the police, helping drug traffickers, UN-trained.

On UN corruption and bribery, state whether the UN has anyone monitoring the SDNY court proceeding of UN bribery Heidi Piao on March 5 and if not, why not and either way, what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres on what was said including that Paio helped Patrick Ho and CEFC China, and what Gulbenkian (whose oil company CEFC tried to buy) was not on Guterres' public financial disclosure covering 2016

On the UN system being unable or unwilling to investigate corruption in its ranks, including the "dollar a year" people like Mike Bloomberg and, reporting, Irina Bokova at UNESCO, what are SG Guterres' comments and action on OIOS David Kanja telling a whistleblower (who in turn told Inner City Press) this: "From: OIOS Hotline Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 8:46 AM Subject: Re: Allegation Report and Request for Investigation Irina Bokova and Kalin Mitev   Thank you for your additional email dated 07 February 2021 to the Investigations Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services (ID/OIOS).    Your report has been carefully reviewed. Unfortunately, the subject of your complaint falls outside the mandate of ID/OIOS, which deals with misconduct matters involving UN staff and resources. As such, we are unable to assist in your query."  

Immediately provide a complete list of all dollar a year officials of the UN system, specifically which ones SG Guterres appointed or re-appointed, and what safeguards against corruption and conflict of interest there are.

Given that the UNDT ordered destruction of evidence concerning sexual harassment inside the UN, why is SG Guterres not waiving immunity, instead having his long time lawyer Miguel de Serpa Soares write to UNAT: "Mr. Lee also requests that the UNAT issue an order compelling the Secretary-General to waive the immunity of the presiding judge in the hearing held in Case No. UNDT/NY/2019/047, so that Mr. Lee may bring action against her in domestic courts. The UNAT should reject this request as not receivable ratione materiae. The UNAT has affirmed that issues relating to the immunity of UN officials, including officials protected under Article VI, Section 22(b) of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, such as the UNDT and UNAT Judges, are policy decisions of the Secretary-General which are not justiciable"? On deadline.

On UN system corruption, what are SG Guterres comments and actions if any on the UK's letter saying that Inner City Press' reporting uncovered over $400,000 in fraud - and how does he explain banning Inner City Press from entering or asking quesitons at the UN? Isn't this just covering up corruption? See, here.

Likewise on Western Sahara, what is Guterres response to this in published interview: "under Ban Ki-moon, and the tail end of Kofi Annan's time when I first arrived, I could ask questions about Western Sahara in the UN noon briefing, and at the UNSC stakeout. Under Guterres, this was blocked but he and Melissa Fleming have allowed numerous Morocco state media full access and office space in the UN.

Why does Guterres' UN, unlike the IMF even today, refuse to answer Inner City Press' questions about China? See Jan 8, 2021 IMF video of Inner City Press' question on the Belt and Road (CEFC) and African debt levels, here.

What are the comments and actions of SG Guterres and separately USG Fleming (who is cited in this article) to this:  December 29, 2020, El Portal Diplomatico, "The Moroccan lobby at the UN and Guterres' Communication team veto journalist specialized in the Sahrawi issue," "the new head of the Secretary General's Communication team, Melissa Fleming, prevented the entry of journalist Matthew Lee, specialized in armed conflicts and with more than 10 years of journalistic work in the Organization.  Thus, media such as Inner City Press are censored"

What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres, who has received funds from Gulbenkian Foundation which tried to sell its oil company Partex to CEFC China Energy (and whose financial disclosure covering 2016 did not list the Gulbenkian funds) to today's news that that US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction for UN bribery of CEFC China Energy's Chi Ping Patrick Ho? And please disclose business interests and trips of SG's son Pedro.

  After UNDT purported to order me to destroy evidence of sexual harassment by UN staff Padula, AGAIN what are the responses of SG Guterres and his consigliere Soares, UN General Counsel now that the appeal has been acknowledged and said to be on ePortal with case number? "Weicheng Lin  9:39 AM  Dear Mr. Lee,  I acknowledge receipt of your filing.   Case: UNAT/2020/1502 Dear Respondents,  We received an Appeal of UNDT Orders 178 (NY/2020) and 179 (NY/2020) filed by Mr. Lee on 21 December 2020.  Mr. Lee who is not a staff member nor a party to the case of the Applicant filed an appeal against these orders with the Appeals Tribunal.  The Registrar accepted the submissions and instructed that they be transmitted to the parties in the UNDT proceedings, and the Secretary-General for comments within 30 days."    How is it acceptable that each of your takes public money and refuses to answer or even acknowledge Press questions, including about UN staff's sexual abuse? 

On SG son Pedro Guimarães e Melo De Oliveira Guterres, explain how the business of Explorer Investments has been reviewed for conflicts of interest. Explain immediately how Pedro Guterres doing business with Rwanda while Antonio Guterres was UNSG was and is not a conflict, and what was disclosed and to whom. 

On Western Sahara and Morocco what are the comments and actions of any of SG Guterres and separately the UN Mission and non existent Personl Envoy on that "On Monday, November 16, 12-year-old Hayat, born 10/8/2008, was arrested while attending classes at the Al-Nahda school in occupied El Aaiun and taken to the Moroccan security headquarters, where she was subjected to torture

State whether SG Guterres, as he told FOSS, went to Massachusetts and if so whether he will stay there are least three days for testing (and be tested if and when back), under new NY rules 

Immediately explain, given the Amir Dossal was on board of Epstein's procurer Ghislaine Maxwell's Terramar Project and Inner City Press has repeatedly asked you each about in writing, how Spokesman Dujarric's Oct 30 on camera statement is not aware of any other UN connection to Epstein, beyond IPI, was and is not a lie and cover up. 

Again, why did Guterres not list Gulbenkian, linked to CEFC China Energy, in his disclosure covering 2016?  What are Guterres' comments on IPI and Epstein, why would he not say why he left the board? Why has he not quit Club of Madrid? Why was Amir Dossal on Board of Terramar of Ghislaine Maxwell

On UN staffer Karim Elkorany, indicted in SDNY for lying to FBI about drugging and raping women while working for UN in Iraq, immediately state what the outcome of the victim complaining to the UN was - and why Elkorany was back at liberty in New Jersey.

AGAIN - immediately explain UN Amir Dossal being 1 of 5 on board of Ghislaine Maxwell's Terramar Project, and what has been done about it.

 Immediately provide the if-asked information on the new SEA charged data dumped this morning about allegations against South Africa "peacekeeper" in DRC and Gabon "peacekeeper" in CAR, and -- As Inner City Press asked each of you on August 17 without answer, re new 2020 UN child rape in South Sudan case data dumped on the afternoon of August 17 - immediately provide all if-asked info of the type previously provided under Ban Ki-moon before SG Guterres tried to cover everything up,  and August 5, 9 am by Italy in Lebanon, South Africa in DRC and an UNSPECIFIED UN civilian CHILD RAPE in DR Congo of July 28 of Gabon in CAR and Guinea in DRC, on top of those of July 23, 6 pm that you immediately provide all if-asked / further information about the new UN sexual exploitation allegations in CAR against UN "peacekeeper" from Gabon, and in DRC by South Africa, on top of unanswered UNTSO driver question and those data dumped on June 4 after 2:30 pm - the twelfth batch this summer so far, no answers, UNSG complicit

On Honduras and COVID corruption by the Juan Orlando Hernandez administration, what are the comment and actions if any of SG Guterres on the corruption allegations here? And again, what is the read out of Guterres' panel sent to Honduras? 

  Immediate comments on the leaked audio of OSSC Chediek Inner City Press published Aug 5 on SoundCloud here (1 of 6)  
On Ghislaine Maxwell and UNEP's Lisa Svensson, who has been exposed in SDNY has saying the UN doesn't care about sex trafficking, what is SG Guterres' response?

as well as on the June 22 admission by Sri Lanka former PR Kohona that his country led a campaign to get Inner City Press ousted and banned from the UN after it reported on mass killings in Sri Lanka, as Inner City Press was also doing as to Cameroon when your UN banned it now for 916+ days. What is the appeals process? On deadline."  

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