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Reynaldo Naval Who Helped Journalists From Kosovo To The UN Gate Passes at 59 RIP

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UN GATE / SDNY, Sept 24 –   Reynaldo Naval was the son of a journalist, and he spent year trying to help journalists including Inner City Press (until it was thrown out of the UN under Antonio Guterres).

 Christmas after Christmas, Rey would be one of the only UN staffers near the UN Spokesperson's office as the final UN Budget Committee meetings strenched past midnight. (It was while covering just such a meeting that Inner City Press was roughed up and ousted by Guterres' UN Security, and banned since).

  Before running the UN Media Documents Centre, Rey helped establish public information centers at the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo in the wake of the 1999 war.

   Here's a bit more of what Navel told The Rappler, about what his native Philippines needs to do: “We tend to rationalize and be reactive. We have to address the lack of preparation. We cannot just say, ‘Oh, the UN, NGOs, and USAID will be there.’ Every year, calamities hit us so we already have an idea what to do.”  

Now, sadly, Reynaldo Naval has passed away, at 59 years old. He will be missed.

He was better than the UN -- for example, he made it a point to try to get UN Security Council documents to a Haiti journalist outside the gate, who had been thrown out of the UN under then-Spokesperson Michele Montas and the UN Correspondents Association, and kept out under Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming.

Rey felt this journalist should be treated like one. Rest in Peace. 


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