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Amid 100s of Death Sentences in Egypt, Stealth Spin for UN Scribes & Censors

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, March 26 -- Egypt sentencing 529 people to death this week put the death penalty was put even more in the spotlight. The United Nations does and says very little about Egypt, beyond a single Security Council meeting.

  Amnesty International was to have a report on death penalty trend out today, and it emerged, was to hold an embargoed press conference "for UN-based media" on March 26 at 11 am, while a Security Council meeting was taking place.

  But the briefing wasn't publicized even to all UN resident correspondents; it was held in the clubhouse of the United Nations Correspondents Association, which has degenerated into the UN's Censorship Alliance, having documentably sought to get the investigative Press thrown out of the UN.

  Why would Amnesty partner with censors? UNCA allowed into the UN, for example, the Sri Lankan government's response to "Killing Fields of Sri Lanka," which was NOT screened in the UN but rather by Amnesty International at the Church Center across First Avenue. Click here for more on that.

  In Geneva earlier on March 26, Amnesty International spoke about accountability for Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council. What about accountability in the UN?

  Later on March 26, UNCA president Pamela Falk was spotted behind the UNCA signs blocking the windows of the rarely-open clubhouse the UN gives to its Censorship Alliance. Death penalty or the death of openness? We'll review the report when it becomes public.


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