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As Egypt Blocks Reporters Without Borders, UN Favors Akhbar al Yom Over Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 19 – As the Egyptian government stepped up its crackdown on the media, blocking websites including now Reporters Without Borders / Reporteurs Sans Frontieres, the Sisi-supporting media stayed quiet or participated. UN Secretary General Antonio was quiet, too. Guterres refused Innter City Press' August 16 question about the Ng Lap Seng UN bribery verdict.  Meanwhile under Guterres, the UN continues to restrict the investigative Press which asks about his reform plans, while trying to award Inner City Press' long time office to a no-show, no question essentially retired affiliated of Sisi' state media Akhbar al Yom. This scam correspondent Sanaa Youssef has not even come in for Egypt's UN Security Council presidency. Acting DPI chief Maher Nasser said he'd look into it but hasn't; MALU knows all about it but does nothing. This must all be reversed - it is a travesty. Sisi has made arrests for example of Mohamed Walid from Suez for posting online, “I am neither pro-Mubarak nor do I belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, I just want to live as a human being...bread and freedom for all people... down with the military rule." On June 11 the Egyptian news sites Albedaiah, run by independent journalist Khaled al Balshy, Elbadil and Bawabit Yanair were blocked. Access to the global online publishing platform Medium was also cut off on June 10. The Tor Project, too, has been blocked. The silence is deafening from Akhbar al Yom to which UN Department of Public Information, now under Maher Nasser, is ghoulishly giving the long time UN work space of critical Inner City Press. Swiss Radio here.  Akhbar al Yom's "correspondent" Sanaa Youssef has STILL not asked a single question in a year; she had not been seen for long before that.

The UN is violating one of its few stated rules, only in order to retaliate against the investigative Inner City Press, which has recently exposed UN Security cover ups, and UNSG Guterres' withholding of his own budget speech. Akhbar al Yom's lack of questions, lack of presence, is what DPI, and also holdover UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, seek to reward while hindering investigative journalism in the UN. It is a scam that must end. Here is the beginning of a series.

  When the International Press Freedom Awards were given on November 22 at the Waldorf Astoria, only three of the four awardees could be present. Shawkan was and is still imprisoned by the al-Sisi government.

    Three avenues east of the Waldorf at the United Nations, one of al-Sisi's state media Akhbar al Yom is being awarded the longtime work space of investigative Inner City Press, which outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his head of Public Information Cristina Gallach ousted and evicted earlier this year.

  For eleven months, Inner City Press has only been allowed to cover UN General Assembly events when accompanied by a minder, often unavailable or withdrawn in the middle of reporting.

Here's CNN's Jeff Zucker recounting the meeting with PEOTUS Trump, on Periscope

   The UN Secretariat's ambivalent stance to press freedom -- Ban Ki-moon has for example not taken any public question at UN headquarters in more than a month -- has been raised to the IPFA's sponsor, the Committee to Protect Journalists.

  To the surprise of some, and ironic now when compared to CPJ's Trump statements, CPJ did not challenge the UN Secretariat as for example the DC-based Government Accountability Project did. CPJ said told Inner City Press that it only works on cases of life and death.

   Now that CPJ has become ever closed to - accredited in - the United Nations, perhaps they will do more. For now, beyond Shakwan CPJ has given awards to Can Dundar, Malini Subramaniam and Oscar Martinez of the online El Faro in El Salvador. It'd be nice, too, to hear of Jean Bigirimana in Burundi, for example. Watch this site.


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