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UN Tells ICP It Is Revoking Grounds Pass, Nobel Ramos-Horta Writes Gallach

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 19 -- The UN on February 19, after Inner City Press asked about UN inaction in South Sudan and Burundi and financial irregularities, was handed a letter to leave the UN by 5 pm. Letter here.

  The letter is signed by the Under Secretary General for Public Information Cristina Galach of Spain but ultimately SG Ban Ki-moon is in charge.

  The pretext was Inner City Press three weeks earlier seeking to cover a meeting in the UN Press Briefing Room by an organization which has taken money from now indicted Ng Lap Seng and Frank Lorenzo's South SOuth News, then gave Ng Lap Seng a photo op with Ban.

(As Inner City Press reported, Gallach attended the South South Awards jsut before the indictments.)

  UN Security demanded ICP's pass, which it declined to provide at least until 5 pm. Then UN Security told Inner City Press its gronds pass was being revoked in full and it could not re-enter the UN for any purpose.

A Nobel Prize winner has written to the reclusive UN official censor Cristina Gallach:

From: "J. Ramos-Horta"
Date: 19 February 2016 at 8:41:22 PM GMT-5
Subject: Pls clarify

Dear USG Gallach,

I've been contacted by a number of UN Press Correspondents expressing concern about your office abrupt termination of the accreditation of Matthew R. Lee. I am in possession of your letter which was communicated to Mr. Lee giving him till 5pm today to hand-over his UN Press Pass and abandon the UN premises.

Obviously apart from your letter which doesn't not say much about the alleged gravity of Mr. Lee's breach of UN rules, I don't have any additional information that may throw light on the case and validate your decision.

I am hereby writing to express my serious concern about this case and hoping that an amicable solution can be found that would enable Mr. Mathew to continue to cover UN activities from within UN premises as a bona fide UN Correspondent.

J. Ramos-Horta

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