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UN Fleming Brags Of SDG Media Compact Propaganda by China Japan and Cameroon

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 18 – The United Nations is bragging about getting media organizations, many of them Chinese government entities, to sign up to issue pro-UN propaganda.

They call it the "SDG Media Compact, an alliance of news and entertainment companies convened by the United Nations."     Why would any non-state media sign up in advance to praise an organization it is supposed to be reporting on?

Can any of these 100 media be counted on to report on the UN spreading COVID19 in South Sudan, as it introduced cholera to Haiti? Or to report on Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres' personal financial links to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy, or sell out of the Uighurs, Hong Kong and Taiwan?

     The answer is no. This is a shameful partnership, which any serious media should walk away from or at least, for now, publicly clarify in terms of how it impacts the media's coverage of the UN's under performance in Cameroon, Yemen and elsewere. From today's shameful press release by Melissa Fleming, who has meanwhile banned independent Inner City Press from the UN for 675 days:

“Media play a crucial role in countering misinformation and galvanizing action for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis based on science, solidarity and our common roadmap, the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. “We are proud to have one hundred SDG Media Compact members from across the globe [including] Shanghai Media Group. “It is our sincere wish to work closely with global media organizations to jointly build a community of shared future for mankind," said Chairwoman Jianjun Wang. 

  "In a digital world full of misinformation and fake news, credibility is vital, and that is what we have greatly gained through our partnership with the SDG Media Compact and the rich editorial content shared," said Maikem Emmanuela Manzie on behalf of Ndefcam radio in Cameroon. “The free flow of information on current issues, especially on COVID-19, has helped in building our stories on how the community can better fight this new virus Asahi Shimbun explained why antagonizing the World Health Organization won’t bring the world closer to containing the virus.

   On the socio-economic front, Euronews, in an interview with the UN Secretary-General, called attention to the need for global solidarity for the world to emerge stronger from the crisis. CGTN published a number of pieces calling for debt relief for the poorest nations. The Nikkei reported on the need for mental health services as an essential part of the COVID-19 response. And Prensa Latina disseminated the Secretary-General’s call to protect the well-being of children.   On environmental matters, the Jakarta Post was among the outlets that amplified the UN Secretary-General’s call for a green recovery from the pandemic. Mainichi amplified the UN Secretary-General’s call to address the pandemic’s consequences for women and girls. Devex, in an interview with UN Women, highlighted the outsized impacts of the crisis on women’s work, health, and livelihoods."

    Inner City Press is sure that the UN's Cameroon partner will hold Paul Biay accountable - not. But these Japanese media? Shameful. Watch this site. 


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