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UN Judges of Press Ignore Requests & Leave Town, State Media Hatchmen

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 5, updated 4:50 pm -- When the UN's Big Five media and their Hamptons landlord frontman Giampaolo Pioli appointed a nearly-retired state media hack to chair their Board of Investigation into Inner City Press, their goal was clear.

  They ordered up an unfair hatchet job by a man whose pay depends on the approval of his state media bureau chief who told Inner City Press, "Respect authority."

  Then on June 20, the one of the Big Five (which include Reuters, Bloomberg, Al-Arabiya and Agence France Presse) which is a US government agency, Voice of America, formally asked the UN to review Inner City Press' accreditation status: that is, to throw it out.

  On that, the applicability of due process and of the First Amendment to the US Constitution is being explored.

But the report unsealed on July 3 was so laughably one-sided and incomplete that Inner City Press' first response was to write to the chair, William M. Reilly of Xinhua and his two remaining henchmen, Ali Barada of An-Nahar and Tarek Fathi (who has conveniently already left town), and ask:

This is a formal request to be sent, immediately, the "information available on request" alluded to in your "Board of Examination" report:

"Several members of UNCA have accused Lee, in addition to harassment, to cyber-bullying... Documentation was provided to the Board to back up their accusations. That information is available on request."

I am also hereby demanding the basis of the statement in Paragraph 36 of the Report... I am extremely clear what I said during the "2.5 hour" session with you, and I flatly deny what you have written.

I am requesting responses to the emails I sent to the Board of Examination and its chair on June 2 ("Matters the Board of Examination must review & issue written finding on; request to get list of charges before 10 day "investigation" begins") and June 8, which I am re-pasting below.

Bill, I ask against that you as appointed Chairman now belatedly provide answers to the questions I previously asked you in writing (re-pasted below) as well as the information you refused to provide in the 2.5 hour session regarding your claim that Mr. Gu has no effect on your getting paid by Xinhua...I ask to immediately be provided with this information.

More than 24 hours later, none of the requested information has been provided. Since William M. Reilly has a history of not knowing how to send or even receive e-mail (for example the legal letter sent to him on June 28), Inner City Press asked Ali Barada, the other other remaining UNCA "Examiner" in New York.

 (As noted, Barada on July 3 tried to claim as his own what Inner City Press had reported on July 29, that General Robert Mood would leave the UN mission in Syria as it loses its military, even military observer, component. The derivative nature of Barada's "reporting" was raised to him, without response.)

Barada told Inner City Press he immediately deleted and deleted e-mails from Inner City Press without reading them -- despite being on the panel that issued its bogus report and said that information about the still undefined "harassement and 'cyberbullying'" would be "available on request."

  Beyond Barada's pre-judgment in the case (he told Inner City Press to resign), how could he be an impartial Examiner if he has now admitted to deleting all communications from one side, the defendant?

Updated 4:50 pm -- after publication of this article and its inclusion in Google News, Ali Barada went to file a pretextual complaint with UN Security against Inner City Press, with no material other than what Inner City Press thought of him deleting all e-mails requesting information about his stint as a "judge." Some judge.

   Meanwhile, UNCA Secretary Barbara Plett of BBC, which previously used Inner City Press' January 2012 cocaine in the UN mailroom exclusive without giving any credit to Inner City Press -- while crediting derivative quotes garnered by AFP and AP -- issued an email to all UNCA members that "The Executive Committee will make a decision on a date to submit the report and recommendations to the UNCA General Meeting."

Inner City Press remains on this Executive Committee, to which it was elected before seeing what this UNCA is really about. This "decision" must be made at an Executive Committee meeting, and in full knowledge of how this UNCA process does not comply with New York State and other applicable law. Watch this site.

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