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On Day of UN Bribery Verdict SG Guterres Feted By UN Correspondents Association Inner City Press Asking

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NY Post

UNITED NATIONS, December 5 – Today's UN and its partners are well versed in hypocrisy - but sometimes things go so far they must be noted in person, in the street if necessary. On December 5 after an eight day trial Inner City Press covered, also here, a jury in lower Manhattan rendered seven guilty verdicts in the UN bribery case of US v Ho, in which a still UN accredited NGO known as CEFC used the UN to offer weapons to Chad's Idriss Deby for oil and a stake in the Chad - Cameroon pipeline. This is a new low even for the UN of Antonio Guterres, who did not answer through his spokesmen the request for comment from Inner City Press, banned from the UN for 154 days and counting by Guterres. But later on December 5 in an expensive catering hall near the UN, Cipriani 42nd Street, Secretary General Antonio Guterres will appear in a tuxedo as a guest of honor - of the UN Correspondents Association. The UN bribery verdict questions must be asked, and should be answered. Watch this site. The tickets are expensive and the guest list is secret. Previously this group, formally the United Nations Correspondents Association, took money from now convicted UN briber Ng Lap Seng and then provide Ng a photo op with the Secretary General. Who will be paying this year?

  What we can report is that the UN Correspondents Association's prize for broadcast media is sponsored - that is, paid for - by the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the same group which in May 2018 canceled an event in order to censor testimony about Egypt, Turkey and others. Photo here. Inner City Press (video of the type used as a pretext to oust it here), and even then how self servingly UNCA, along with CNN's Brian Selter and others, expressed outrage.

 Now UNCA is taking their money, just as they took Ng Lap Seng's money then lobbied to get Inner City Press which reported on it ousted from the UN.

  So on the morning of November 8, banned from the UN noon briefing for the 127th day by Antonio Guterres - but according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric, at the request of at least some bigwigs in UNCA, the UN's Censorship Alliance, Inner City Press submitted written questions to Guterres, his Deputy Amina J. Mohammad, his Global Communicator Alison Smale and two spokesmen including: "November 8-5: It appears that the “UN Alliance of Civilizations” is sponsoring an award at an event the SG is slated to attend on December 5. Please state whether any UN money is being used to sponsor this award, and what safeguards are in place such that access to or photos with the SG are not exchanged for money as presumptively took place with regard to now incarcerated UN briber Ng Lap Seng." More than six hours later, not a single answer to any of the questions, despite Smale's promise to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression David Kaye that questions would be answered. There's more sleaze, back in the news again: after the Sri Lanka government of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Palitha Kohona, and military figure turned UN adviser Shavendra Silva slaughtered tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, UNCA gave what was called a “UN screening” to their war crimes denial film Lies Agreed To. The decision was made, without consulting then UNCA board members like the author, by UNCA President Giampaolo Pioli. Who is organizing this year's tuxedo sleaze fest with UNAOC? Giampaoli Pioli, and his handpicked successor. We'll have more on this.


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