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As UNSC Prez UK Woodword Bans Africa Qs Including Cameroon & Hochschild For Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Periscope
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UN GATE, Feb 1 – In the United Nations from which Secretary General Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press 944 days for asking about his complicity in the killing of civilians in Cameroon, poisoning them in Haiti with cholera and COVID in South Sudan, and their mass imprisonment by China in Xinjiang, on January 29 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission of the United Kingdom, as incoming UN Security Council president, with questions including about Cameroon, Western Sahara, Haiti and Libya.

 Inner City Press specifically asked to be provided the WebEx codes to be able to ask its questions:

This is a timely request that you sent Inner City Press the pass code(s) to access your UNSC Presidency press briefing on February 1.

I have questions to ask on what you will do this month about the conflicts in Cameroon, Yemen and Libya - and on the sexual harassment charges against Fabrizio Hochschild on which Inner City Press first reported in April 2019, picked up here in July 2019, for example - Inner City Press is asking to be provided with access / the passwords to your UK mission's stakeouts and press conferences this month as UNSC President. Given your stated focus on the rule of law, you should ensure due process (and access) for Press covering the UN.  Please note that Inner City Press and I participate in the WebEx briefings of, for example, the IMF here and here.

   As I hear that you may be moving the Council back into its Chamber, either way I would also like to ask you to instruct MALU  / USG-DGC Fleming to allow me to enter to cover it, for Inner City Press.   Please immediately confirm receipt.

No answer - including to this reiterated request on January 31: "on deadline, for UK's response to current developments in Myanmar / Burma. Please confirm receipt." This was sent on January 31 to PR Barbara.Woodward, Jaclyn Licht, Sorcha Lowry and Isabella Olex."

   Nothing. Not even a confirmation of receipt. Then Woodward held a February 1 press conference with not a single question on anything in Africa, much less former UK colony Cameroon.

  Woodward, reading off index cards, repeated again and again a "three Cs" - but Cameroon and colonialism are not among them. She made a point of saying they will celebrate the Lunar New Year, and did not seem to understand at least one of the agenda items for the month.

 The UK took questions from two retires, four state media, a former UN staffer - but not Inner City Press. It was run by one Mungo Woodifield - Periscope video here.

  And because we'll be covering them, apparently despite the censorship by UK Mission, here is the UNSG Program of Work for February, here.
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