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UN Guterres Sells Out To China At UNGA He Bans Press From After Claiming He Raises Xinjiang

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT Video

UN GATE, September 26 -- Who gets to decide which media can enter the United Nations to cover this month's United Nations General Assembly high level week?   

  The answer in today's UN, not unlike in any dictatorship whether China or Cameroon, is one man and his small circle of yes-men and a yes-women, with no due process, no right to appeal, no judicial oversight.   

  In this case the man is Antonio Guterres, and the new yes-woman is Melissa Fleming. And now on September 26 during an UNGA week he's banned Inner City Press from while telling his scribes how tough he is on China, here is the full text of what Guterres actually said to China:

"New York, 26 September 2019  [as delivered]     Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,  It is a pleasure to be with you to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  I congratulate the people and government of China on your impressive achievements over the past seven decades.  Every time I visit China, I am stunned by the speed of change and progress.  You have created one of the most dynamic economies in the world, while helping more than 800 million people to lift themselves out of poverty – the greatest anti-poverty achievement in history.  China saw transformational results in accomplishing the vision of the Millennium Development Goals. You reduced infant and maternal mortality rates, improved nutrition, reduced stunting, and halved the proportion of the population without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.   China has built one of the world’s best-performing education systems which attracts international students from all over the world.  I congratulate you on all these achievements.  This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations’ presence in China.  Over the past four decades, China has been a key participant in our work as a pillar of international cooperation and multilateralism.  After leading the way on the Millennium Development Goals, China is now actively implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  China has been a steady partner in ensuring that the United Nations can carry out its activities, as the second-largest contributor to both the Regular and Peacekeeping Budgets.  And China contributes troops to eight peacekeeping missions, including more than one thousand blue helmets serving under the United Nations flag in South Sudan.   As we approach the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, we need a renewed global partnership to support multilateral solutions to global crises.  I count on China’s continued commitment and engagement as we build a better world for all.  Congratulations again on this anniversary, and I wish the People’s Republic of China many more successes in the years and decades to come."

 No mention or even side reference to Xinjiang or Hong Kong much less his own links to UN briber CEFC China Energy. Guterres is corrupt.

  On September 16 Inner City Press was not only banned by this duo from the UNGA high level week but even a "Democracy Day" event. Inner City Press asked Guterres why after he supposedly prayed, nothing. Then he lied about his caring on September 18, video here. He said, "I don't think anyone has been more persistent and more clear in talking to the Chinese authorities in relation to this issue than myself. It is absolutely not true that I've only done discreet diplomacy. On the contrary, if you remember, in my last visit to Beijing, I not only did raise the issue, but I made it public, and I said more publicly. I said that all human rights need to be fully respected in that situation, and I said that it is very important to act in a way that each community feels that their identity is respected and that they belong, at the same time, to the society as a whole. There couldn't be a more clear message.  So if there is an area where I believe I've been doing publicly much more than many other leaders around the world is this, and I will, of course, go on with the clear perspective that we need to act in order to guarantee that, indeed, human rights, all human rights in all circumstances, are fully respected in that situation." All lies.

Fleming previously served as his spokesperson during his tenure at the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Guterres parlayed that into the top UN job by showing great deference to China on its refoulement to North Korea for torture.   

  Guterres took money from Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Foundation during the year after he left UNHCR. Then once despite his feminist rhetoric Guterres shouldered out women candidates to take over the UN with China's support, Guterres omitted these Gulbenkian payments from the UN public financial disclosure he filed covering 2016.  

  When Inner City Press which while reporting daily from inside the UN also covered the UN bribery trial of CEFC China Energy's Patrick Ho in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan asked Guterres about that case, Guterres refused to answer.    

   Worse, Guterres pretended through his spokesman Stephane Dujarric to not have even heard Inner City Press' question when called on at the UN Security Council stakeout about Cameroon and his closeness with 37 year president Paul Biya.   

   On 3 July 2018 Inner City Press was interviewing Biya's long time Ambassador Tommo Monthe outside a meeting of the UN Budget Committee that Monthe chaired.     Suddenly Guterres' security detail, led by UN DSS Lieutenant Ronald E. Dobbins, grabbed Inner City Press' computer and twisted its arm, video here, right in front of Guterres' official Christian Saunders, now conducting cover up for him at UNRWA.  

  After Inner City Press went to file an assault complaint with the NY Police Department on 4 July 2018 but was told the UN is entirely immune, the next day Inner City Press was barred from even entering the UN to continue to cover the UN Security Council, that day a meeting about Yemen as Guterres took money from Saudi Crown Prince MBS.   

  After a review that did not afford Inner City Press a single hearing or opportunity to be heard or to see evidence, the UN on 17 August 2018 formally revoked Inner City Press' 10-year UN media accreditation.    

  Guterres' motive became clear as Inner City Press, awaiting reinstatement, more closely covered the SDNY federal court where it is now fully accredited.   

  Convicted Patrick Ho's CEFC China Energy had been seeking to buy the Partex Oil Company from Gulbenkian Foundation which paid Guterres undisclosed moneys. It was and is, in short, outright personal corruption by Guterres, on which he refuses to answer questions.  

  On 24 August 2019, alongside continuing the cover the SDNY court, Inner City Press submitted a simple application to the UN like hundreds of other media to enter and cover the UNGA High Level week beginning September 23.   

  In response, Inner City Press received a Kafka-esque response by Guterres' UN Security Gilles Michaud that the assault on it was for being in a "locked area" - that is, the wide open lounge outside the UN Budget Committee meeting - and that all UN Security is doing is enforcing a decision by the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit, now under Melissa Fleming.   

  Fleming refused to answer any of four letters sent to her. At 4:30 pm on Friday, August 30 her MALU issued a one-line denial of access: "Greetings Matthew Lee from Inner City Press,  Your media accreditation request, with reference no: M5413398, has been declined for the following reason: Media accreditation was withdrawn on 17 August 2018."   

  So Guterres' lawless UN can withdraw a critical media's accreditation for daring to ask why he omitted from his financial disclosure payments from a company selling its oil company to a Chinese government bribery vehicle - then use the withdrawal to automatically deny access to the UN General Assembly, the so-called global parliament of "We the Peoples."   

  If press freedom means anything, and if the UN is anything more than a dictatorship of a single corrupt censor, this cannot stand.

 Inner City Press will be reporting on the UN and its UNGA either way - but demands to be allowed to enter and cover the often shameful deals of undemocratic nations, like the hundreds of their state media that Guterres lets in to praise him.

The peoples demand the fall of this Guterres regime.


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