Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the United Nations to Wall Street to the Inner City

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

  Search Search WWW (censored?)

In Other Media-eg AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis



ICP on YouTube

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

At UN Youth Day, Ban Ignores Palestine Question, Has Scripted Answers

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 5 -- When for UN Youth Day, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon took questions from youth and advocates from Beirut to Brazil, from India and in the UN's new interim General Assembly Hall, there was some hope in the air - mostly from the youth. But there were false notes and unanswered questions.

As UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi introduced questioners by video conference from Nigeria, India and Brazil, he said in advance what the question would be about. And, Inner City Press noted even from the broken down photo booth which is the only way to cover the GA, Ban Ki-moon looked down at notes as he answered.

The question arose: was Ban given the questions in advance? Inner City Press posed questions by Twitter not only to Ahmad Alhendawi but also Department of Public Information official Stephane Dujarric, who promoted the event in advance, and tweeted a photo of Ban as he began.

Dujarric was also the DPI official who, back in early June, replied to the Free UN Coalition for Access that something would be done or looked into at least about the broken down media booths above the GA floor. But on August 5, as before that for a session on Syria, there was no interpretation, a single broken chair, and no work table just as DPI has for now left the Security Council stakeout.

The question from Beirut cited Palestine and "Israeli occupation" -- but Ban's answer did not mention or address these. Dujarric was gone before Ban was.

 As Ban left, Inner City Press uploaded a story including unanswered questions about the drones that Herve Ladsous, the fourth Frenchman in a row to head UN Peacekeeping, has bragged about procuring, without answering on crashes, funding, and who gets the information. There's more to be said, and asked, but that's it for now. Watch this site.

Footnote: after Ban left, the questions got more wide open, for example to contraception. Had such questions been banned?


Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-303, UN, NY 10017 USA

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2013 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]