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UN Judges of Press Have Conflicts of Money, Scoop Theft & Job Search

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 3 -- When Inner City Press was faced with expulsions beginning May 25 by the UN bureau chiefs of Reuters, Bloomberg, Agence France Presse, Al Arabiya and Voice of America, none of these Big Five media put themselves on the "Board of Examination" to conduct the ouster.

  Rather, they and their "Plus One" Giampaolo Pioli, a Manhattan landlord with twelve apartments and a wan Italian column selected as a front a series of lower profile journalists, including Ali Barada of Lebanon and Tarik Fathi of Egypt. As their chair they selected 50 year UPI, now state media, veteran William M. Reilly.

  Inner City Press objected, saying that Reilly was beholden to his own bureau chief who told Inner City Press to "respect authority."

  Inner City Press noted that Barada had already opined that Inner City Press should resign from the UN Correspondents Association Executive Committee to which it was elected, and that Tarek Fathi was and is a personal friend of one of the complainants against Inner City Press, who is trying to parlay his old complaint into a new job at the UN in New York, via the ever resourceful Pioli.

But all of these objections were ignored, and the Big Five pushed to have their flawed Board's report made final on July 3.

Before analyzing the dubious report, it is worth reviewing these three Examiners.

Inner City Press sent Reilly a series of questions to which has yet to respond: click here to view.

  Ali Barada, beyond having already expressed an opinion on the matter he later undertook to judge, even on July 3 pitched on Twitter a story -- that Syria chief observer Robert Mood will go -- that Inner City Press reported, in Google News, Twitter and elsewhere on June 29.

  Several tweeters have noticed this, which further calls into question Barada's UNCA role.

  Fathi, after serving his job-seeking friends, has reportedly left the country.

  And so one resorts to Google, and finds that for "William M. Reilly" and "United Nations," the very first hit is Inner City Press' recent story about his non-response. After 50 years of reporting, in English, this is all there is?

  For "Tarek Fathi" and "United Nations," the mere mention of Fathi's name in an anonymously posted UNCA letter responding to a story about Inner City Press is the fifth highest hit.

  For "Ali Barada" and "United Nations," after previous collegial Inner City Press' crediting Barada, now he appears on the second page in his new role.  But isn't this a conflict? Watch this site.

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