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UN Smale Hailed Chinese Plane That Couldn't Fly Now After Banning Press For China She Sets Sail

By Matthew Russell Lee, Periscope I, II

UNITED NATIONS, July 13 – How far will today's UN go to placate some countries, while ignoring others and restricting the Press? On 26 January 26 2018 "global communications" chief Alison Smale flew to Charleston, South Carolina for a photo op and UNTV video with China's Xiamen Airlines for having painting the UN's "SDGs" logo on the side of an airplane. This without having answered Press questions about her Department of Public Information's malfeasance with resources allocated by the General Assembly for Kiswahili and about the lack under her "leadership" of any content neutral UN media access rules. Afterward, when Inner City Press asked for the mp4 video of her South Carolina junket - Inner City Press is informed that the plane she celebrated could not in fact fly - it was told to "Ask UN Webcast," which is under Smale. They were asked - and have not given the video.

  Inner City Press was roughed up by UN Security on 22 June 2018 in the UNGA Lobby covering a Guterres speech, then on 3 July 2018 covering the UN Budget Committee where Guterres made his deals with Cameroon. Then Smale made the ban of Inner City Press permanent, with no due process. Now she's set to set sail, who knows where, in August. But first this, full circle in sell out to China as it locks up Uighurs and beats up Hong Kong protests. Smale is a censor, no more and no less: "NEW YORK, July 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Xiamen Airlines Chairman Zhao Dong addressed the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations today. Chairman Zhao Dong was specifically invited, as the sole Chinese business representative, to share Xiamen Airlines' successes in the critical areas of sustainability and climate action with forum participants and the world. His remarks were highly praised by the attendees. As the overriding part in HLPF, the session was moderated by Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. High-level officials including the Special Envoy of the 2019 Climate Summit, President of COP-25, and Executive Secretary of ESCWA attended the meeting and gave speeches.  Xiamen Airlines Chairman Zhao Dong addresses High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations (photo by Xinhua Muzi Li) Xiamen Airlines Chairman Zhao Dong addresses High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations (photo by Xinhua Muzi Li - to whom Guterres and Smale give huge offices while banning Inner City Press.)

"Xiamen Airlines is honored to operate the world's only SDG special coating aircraft, 'United Dream.' "I am pleased to convey the Secretary-General's appreciation for Xiamen Airlines' strong support in promoting the SDGs. Painting an aircraft with special SDG livery is an innovative and very exciting way to raise awareness of the global development agenda and the first of its kind," said UN Under-Secretary-General, Alison Smale, who attended the delivery ceremony. Through cabin decorations, in-flight videos, green food, theme events, and customized services, Xiamen Airlines has turned the United Dream into an 'air ambassador' for the SDGs." Yeah, green food. Disgusting.

This remains the case two weeks later, after more requests. The video was made with public funds. Now while still withholding it, the UN "social media team" under Smale (Inner City Press asked about the team here) is further promoting the airline, this time for push-propaganda on the screens in front of each passenger, some for UN Peacekeeping. And what else? Smale's online trail is heavy with her previous employer and with German content, as Merkel's Gunter Nooke took a golden statue from notoriously corrupt Paul Biya in Cameroon.  That disease and lack of accountability is spreading. Nor has Smale offered any response to a detailed petition two weeks ago, while re-tweeting her former employer the NYT and current boss Antonio Guterres. But who is making who look bad? And how can a former NYT editor have no content neutral media access rules, and no answers? As she restricts Inner City Press from its UN reporting on Cameroon, Myanmar, Kenya, Yemen and elsewhere? We'll have more on this. While any country would try to get the UN to promote its airline, if the UN would do it, Smale is the UN official who responsible for Inner City Press being restricted and evicted as it reports on the UN bribery scandal of Patrick Ho and China Energy Fund Committee. Smale hasn't even deigned to answer petitions in this regard, in September (she said she recognized the need for the "courtesy" of a response, never given) and in January -- too busy flying to South Carolina to promote an airline:

Today's UN of Antonio Guterres, who just met with ICC indictee Omar al Bashir, and his Deputy Amina J. Mohammed who has refused Press questions on her rosewood signatures and now the refoulement of 47 people to Cameroon from "her" Nigeria, has become a place of corruption and censorship. On January 30 as Inner City Press sought to complete its reporting for the day on Guterres' Bashir meeting and Mohammed's Cameroon no-answer, it had a problem. It was invited to the month's UN Security Council president's end of presidency reception, 6:30 to 8:30 - but with its accreditation reduced by censorship, it could not get back into the UN after 7 pm, to the already delayed UN video. It ran to at least enter the reception - but the elevator led to a jammed packed third floor, diplomats lined up to shake the outgoing UNSC president's hand. Inner City Press turn to turn tail back to the UN, passing on its way favored, pro-UN correspondents under no such restriction. Periscope here. Inner City Press has written about this to the head of the UN Department of Public Information Alison Smale, in Sepember 2017 - no answer but a new threat - and this month, when Smale's DPI it handing out full access passes to no-show state media. No answer at all: pure censorship, for corruption. Smale's DPI diverted funds allocated for Kiswahili, her staff say, now saying they are targeted for retaliation. This is today's UN. Amid UN bribery scandals, failures in countries from Cameroon to Yemen and declining transparency, today's UN does not even pretend to have content neutral rules about which media get full access and which are confined to minders or escorts to cover the General Assembly.

Inner City Press, which while it pursue the story of Macau-based businessman Ng Lap Seng's bribery of President of the General Assembly John Ashe was evicted by the UN Department of Public Information from its office, is STILL confined to minders as it pursues the new UN bribery scandal, of Patrick Ho and Cheikh Gadio allegedly bribing President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, and Chad's Idriss Deby, for CEFC China Energy.

Last week Inner City Press asked UN DPI where it is on the list to be restored to (its) office, and regain full office - and was told it is not even on the list, there is no public list, the UN can exclude, permanently, whomever it wants. This is censorship.


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