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UN GATE, Sept 5 – Inner City Press on 5 July 2018 was banned from entering the UN, two day after it was physically removed from conducting interviews outside meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' $6.7 billion budget.

  Then Guterres' Department of Global Communication, run by Melissa Fleming, issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process, no right of appeal.  Guterres has put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Guterres' Spokesman Stephane Dujarric falsely promised on camera that he would be answering banned Inner City Press' questions - but see below.

     On Sept 5 after Guterres again refused to answer but the IMF did answer, May 6 here, Feb 25 here, Feb 4 here, here, before not Stephane "French Whine" Dujarric, previously the face of UN lies on cholera in Haiti, and not Associate "Spokesperson" Florencia Soto Nino who blocks Press on WhatsApp, nor equally censoring Associate Eri Kaneko, and not UN Spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay - but rather Deputy Farhan Haq, held a briefing before which Inner City Press submitted yet more questions - Inner City Press has asked the above, and Guterres and his new chief of staff Courtenay Rattray and others:

These written question are posed and responses requested pursuant to the until-now broken commitment the the UN will "continue to answer e-mailed questions from Mr Lee" Inner City Press, here

Leaks SG  DSG Again, June 19-1:  On press freedom, please confirm receipt by MALU of, and that positive consideration will belatedly be granted to, my application to enter and cover UNGA 2023. Submitted letter

Sept 5-1: On Niger - on which each of you have refused to answer Inner City Press' written question including where the Resident Coordinator is at this time - what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on reports that "during the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly (GA), beginning 18 September, both Gabon and Niger are expected to be represented by military leaders as heads of state, while Mali and Burkina Faso will be represented by government “ministers”—possibly Foreign Ministers." 

AGAIN, immediately state where the resident coordinator is, for how long, and what has been done during the absence.

On Zimbabwe on which each of you have refused to answer Inner City Press' written questions what now are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that yhe opposition in Zimbabwe say police have arrested two lawyers representing activists who were in hospital after being abducted. The Citizens Coalition for Change (CC) said the lawyers, Doug Coltart and Tapiwa Muchineripi, had been detained on suspicion of obstructing justice.

On the killing of anti-UN protesters in DRC on which each of you have refused to answer Inner City Press' written questions what now are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that two senior military officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been arrested after allegedly ordering that lethal force be used against a banned protest. The security forces intervened when the demonstration against international peacekeepers went ahead last Wednesday and 43 people were killed

On Sweden and Sudan what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that two executives from a Swedish oil company have gone on trial in Stockholm, accused of complicity in war crimes allegedly committed by the Sudanese authorities... Ian Lundin was chief executive of the family firm, Lundin Oil, while Alex Schneiter was vice-president

On Zambia what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema has warned potential coup plotters not to threaten

Again on UN sexual abuse, immediately provide all if-asked info and what if anything has been done for the victim(s) of the UN child rape in DRC data dumped on the UN web site on August 18 at 9:30 am

  No answers from USUN or UN

On UN sex abuse, immediately provide all if-asked info - what's been done for victims - on the new cases data dumped on the UN web site on August 15, 2023 and explain how the Cameroonian peacekeeper's sex with a child in CAR is described as an "exploitative relationship" and not rape, even the age.

On UN censorship of Press, immediately explain why MALU and each of you has not even responded to Inner City Press' June 19, 2023 application to enter and cover UNGA week in September, but have allowed in - as resident correspondents - many who have published nothing, while Inner City Press Aug 11, 2023 report has already been reported in, among others,  IndiaHungaryFranceGreeceArgentinaSpainTaiwanGermany, etc
On Iran's deal to release 5 Iranian Americans to home detention, immediately state if there is any relation to the Houthis' release of UNDSS staff on which the SG has commented - this question is for those cc-ed at USUN too; USUN should also state which US convicted Iranian spies would be released: Bahadorar? UN Mission-linked Afrasiabi? 

Questions not taken Aug 2, including for those cc-ed - the US Mission -
On Niger, on Bazoom's minister inviting military intervention by France, is it legitimate as a matter of law? 
On UN Peacekeeping, with the mission being thrown out of Mali and DRC, and Haiti wanting anything EXCEPT a UN mission, after cholera and sexual abuse, what can be done to restore (or create) some credibility? 

State why citizens of and journalists from Taiwan cannot enter the UN and compliance with such UNHQ host country principles as the First Amendment
 Immediately provide the if-asked and all other information about the two new UN rapes data dumped this morning, by Morocco in DRC and unIDed civilian (from where?) in South Sudan, as well by a Senegalese "peacekeeper" in Haiti 

July 24-1: What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on this video of Turkish authorities forcing refoulement to Syria?   

July 20-1: Now that Hugo Carvajal has been extradited and is being detained in the US, presentment covered by Inner City Press which UN continues to ban, what are SG Guterres' comments on Carvajal telling the Spanish judiciary of payments of drug money to a number of sitting leaders who plan to attend the 2023 UNGA week - which Inner City Press has applied, on June 19 and as inquired about, to cover? When will that application be ruled on?

July 17-1: On UN sexual abuse cases recently data dumped, immediately provide the if-asked information about the new MONUSCO cases, Tanzanian and "civilians" with nationality withheld - why? - and immediately explain, as to the  Tanzanian UN Peacekeeper in MINUSCA in 2022-3 what Child - Transactional "no sex" means. 

July 11-1: What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that The head of a US think tank has been charged with acting as a Chinese agent and attempting to broker the sale of weapons and Iranian oil. Gal Luft "agreed to covertly recruit and pay" an unnamed ex-US official to publicly support certain Chinese policies, federal prosecutors say. The 57-year-old allegedly attempted to broker arms sales involving customers in China, Libya, the UAE and Kenya. 

July 11-2: Immediately provide all if-asked information on the UN sex abused cases data dumped July 11 (attached), involving UN "peacekeepers" from South Africa, Malawi and Guatemala including child rape, what if anything has been done for the victims - and why while Ban Ki-moon provided Press with such info, each of you has refused, UN rape after UN rape

July 5-1: Again on Pramilla Patten, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on Inner City Press' second scoop on this, whistleblowers' complaints "about Patten, among other things, writing self-serving official letters to UN Resident Coordinators to score VIP airport treatment and UN vehicles for her personal trips and vacations and... for her son"? 

June 23-1: IMMEDIATELY provide all if-asked and other information about the new charge of UN sexual abuse in Sudan in May 2023 by a civilian - provide the nationality - which the UN date dumped this morning, about the Office of Support to Civilian Protection in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), after yesterday's dump of cases in DRC and CAR - and explain why under SG Guterres this information is withheld in response to Press requests, unlike even under Ban Ki-moon, and the Press that asks remains banned.

June 22-1: Immediately state what has been done on Pramilla Patten's email to  Geraldine Boezio, Chloé Marnay-Baszanger, Letitia Anderson, Tonderai Chikuhwa, Bernadette Sene and  Nancee Oku Bright that Inner City Press has exclusively published, and the internal justice case it has reported exclusively about?

 What are SG Guterres' comments on Hemedti public support of Perthes?

  How does SG Guterres justify this indefinite ban, to UNDT and to the UN - including the upcoming UNGA week the ability to access which you should notify Inner City Press immediately

June 8-1: Immediately provide all if-asked information on the new UN sex abused cases cynically data dumped June 7 at 12:02 pm, involving UN "peacekeepers" from South Africa, Malawi and Guatemala including child rape, what if anything has been done for the victims - and why while Ban Ki-moon provided Press with such info, each of you has refused, UN rape after UN rape 

 On the UNTSO sex-in-the-UN-van video first published by Inner City Press, please state what the accountability has been, that the UN has now claimed to /on AFP

May 25-1: Immediately explain why Inner City Press was not allowed to enter and attend and cover the Ghana + 2 stakeout today, despite this

Also on DRC, comment on this 

 What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the UN system corruption alleged to Inner City Press at UNCA,  UNIDO and UNDP

Again, on deadline, what is the response of SG Guterres, and role of DSG Amina J. Mohammed, on the staff complaint against Pramila Patten? 

And what if the SG's comment and action on the sentencing to 4 years in prison of Cary Yan of WOGC, the "NGO" Inner City Press exposed and asked you about after their appearance in the UN in 2017, whose founder (and Francis Lorenzo, cited in Yan's sentencing) still have access to the UN while you block Inner City Press? Explain

On May 11, the IMF answered Inner City Press' WebEx question on Cote d'Ivoire austerity. On what basis does the UN ban Inner City Press and answer none of its written questions?

May 11-2:  Immediately explain why you did not answer Inner City Press' written question on January 26, 2022: " On Western Sahara and MINURSO and Ivanko, on which Inner City Press has previously asked and you have not answered, now confirm or deny his / family relation to the woman for whom they bought a house in Layounne and are openly trying to promote in the UN system" - but then answered, on Ivanko, a correspondent who later asked about Ivanko. Provide all answers to Inner City Press, which asked, pursuant to this "promise"

May 3-1: Please explain SG Guterres' WPFD video statement, compared to his and USG Fleming's ongoing ban on Inner City Press, which covers the IMF (by WebEx), courts, and has NYC Press Pass - but is banned from UN, no response to Quinn Emanual law firm's pro bono letter

On Daniela Bas, immediately provide SG Guterres / team comment on this to Inner City Press from whistleblowers: "Dear Matthew Russell Lee: Tell the Daniela Bas story. This director of social affairs got fired from DESA for corruption" - here

April 20-1: Immediate provide all if-asked information about the new UN sex abuse cases cynically data dumped on April 19 at 12:01 pm, including by Senengal UN Police in DRC, and Cameroon (rape) in CAR.

On UNRWA, immediately provide the response of SG Guterres and Lazzarini to this: "Dear Matthew,  Following the corruption cases that involved him personally while assigning a UN official vehicle for hids wife here

On ESCWA, immediately provide SG Guterres response to this: "Dear Matthew,   Several months ago, a number of Escwa staff quietly sent a letter to the SG as a cry for rescue here 

April 11-1: On the new UN sexual abuse complained cynically data dumped at 12:01 pm, immediately provide all if-asked information about the sex abuse by peacekeeper(s) from Cameroon in CAR, and "civiian" (nationality undisclosed) in DRC, what if anything has been done for the victims, and for accountability?

April 5-1: on China in Africa, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that police in central Uganda have detained a Chinese national over a Tuesday morning road crash that killed two schoolchildren and left three others injured. In a statement, police said Zhao Haizhanga allegedly knocked the pupils at Kamusenene village along Lubaali- Bukuya road in Kassanda district, as he attempted to overtake a truck loaded with logs.

April 4-1: Immediately provide the response of SG Guterres (and CdC Rattray et al) to this, also sent to Inner City Press about ESCWA here

What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and US ICE moving to deport an asylum seeker from North Korea

What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the arrest and detention in SDNY of Miles Kwok / Guo Wengui and his chief of staff?
IMF answers Inner City Press - how the the UN, taking public money, justify not answering? See IMF here

March 15-1: Immediately provide all if-asked information about the rape in CAR by Morocco UN Peacekeeper data dumped this morning (photo here) - what's been done for the victims? For accountability?  

Immediate state SG Guterres' understanding of the relationship to the Syrian government, now and in the past, of yesterday's UNDP ASG post awardee Abdallah Al Dardari

March 6-1: Immediately explain SG Guterres' selfie and apparently meeting in Iraq with Rayan Al Kildani — US-designated human rights abuser and US designated terrorist Qais Al Khazali. Photo here.

Also, what are SG Guterres' comments and actions if any on the current death penalty trial in SDNY, US v. Sayfullo Saipov, the Inner City Press is reporting on?  

Dec 13-1: Immediately provide all additional ("if-asked") information about the new UN sexual abuse cases data dumped this morning on the UN Conduct and Discipline website, including child rape by a peacekeeper in Nepal. Photo here. What is being done for these victims? What accountability is there? 

Immediately disclose all payments and communications to UN and UN entities from Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX or Alameda, or affiliated foundations. 

What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately USG Fleming on that the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has “strongly” denounced what it calls the "illegal presence" of Rwanda-allied journalists in Congolese territory.

As audibly asked to SG Guterres on Dec 9 as he entered the event of UNCA, with IRIB as a member, what are his comments and actions on the 7000 migrant workers dead in Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022, why did Guterres go there and say nothing? What are his comments on the arrest of EU parliamentarians including Eva Kaili for taking Qatar bribes? 

Dec 9-1: Again on UN "due process" and lies - immediately explain statements a week ago on Dec 2, 2022 that I am on a UN "banned" list, and that I can appeal through DSS, including DSS Michaud's failure to even confirm receipt of appeal I sent him (and each of you) on December 5. 

Dec 8-1: What are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the release of arms trafficking (and sometime-UN partner) Viktor Bout, in exchange for US star Griner? Disclose all business on the UN with Bout and his companies.  Again, now will direct quote from USG Michaud, and more on appeal now to each of you, since DSS despite its statements to PGA's spokesperson has yet to confirm receipt of appeal: On appeal Inner City Press filed yesterday with USG Gilles Michaud and each of you, as UNPGA Csaba Korosi's spokesperson Paulina Kubiak said UN DSS Sergeant told her is the process, (1) confirm receipt, (2) explain why USG Michaud previously wrote that DSS' only role was to ensure that journalists whose accreditation was stripped by DGC did not enter -- see the message in Dec 7 questions, from Gilles Michaud  and see UN Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit Guidelines for ‘Non- Resident Correspondents’ which states, at para 2a: “Non-Resident Correspondents can access UNHQ through the Visitors’ Entrance at 46th Street and 1st Avenue between 0800-1900 hours from Monday through Friday. Non-resident Correspondents only have access to UNHQ on weekends or after hours accompanied by a resident correspondent or when a meeting is advised as taking place. Entry will be allowed two hours prior to the start of the meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, the non-Resident correspondent must exit the premises within an hour, unless accompanied by a resident correspondent.” [Emphasis added.] The repeated use of the word “or” in the second sentence here: “weekends OR after hours accompanied by a resident correspondent OR when a meeting is advised as taking place” indicates that those conditions are alternatives, and in addition to the regular 8am to 7pm access in the previous sentence.   I had been on UN premises after 7pm on numerable occasions since he has been a ‘Non-Resident Correspondent’ in compliance with those rules, never being challenged by any of the DSS Security Officers who have observed him on each and every occasion he has done so. He has, in fact, been almost permanently escorted by a UN staff member (clearly oblivious of the considerable financial expense to the Organization) since February 2016. It is clear that the “risk” he presents is one of public scrutiny, which is hardly a legitimate matter for your department. The statement taken by officers Perry and Stancu does not record the time Mr. Lee entered the UN premises on 3 July, which he states was about 9:45am. The statement does however confirm that Mr. Lee was on the premises for the purposes reporting on a Fifth Committee Budget meeting. That meeting is understood to have run on until 4am the following morning, so it was clearly still going on at the time he was evicted. Mr. Lee’s statement also reflects his familiarity with the Guidelines indicating that he was required to leave the premises within an hour of that meeting concluding. The Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit guidelines - having been published by the UN and respected by Mr. Lee and other members of the press – must create a reasonable expectation that members of the press will not face harassment provided their activities remain complaint with them. The evidence suggests that Mr. Lee was doing that. Moreover, as is known to the MALU and as has been observed by your officers, he enjoyed that right peaceably and without criticism for 18 months. ST/AI/309 provides that “all persons on the premises are expected to comply with the directions that may be issued by the security officers in the performance of their functions” and that is not in dispute; but Mr. Lee was never given an opportunity to comply. Mr. Lee can be heard on the video repeatedly saying he was just typing, reporting on what he had been told by the Chairman of the meeting when he had his shirt torn by your officers. Your officers would certainly have been acting quite legally if Mr. Lee represented any kind of threat to the security of others or to the fabric of the building, but there is no credible information or independent assessment to support such a hypothesis. When interviewed, Mr. Lee insists that he tried to emphasise to Officer Perry that he was physically assaulted by your Security Officers before being afforded a reasonable opportunity to explain or refer to the MALU rules that apply to him, but Officer Perry declined to record that information. Moreover, Lt. Dobbins actions on 3 July cannot be considered without reference to the earlier incident of 22 June and Mr. Lee’s subsequent reporting of that event, which raises reasonable grounds to believe that Lt. Dobbins may not have been performing his duties or exercising his discretion in good faith. There does not appear to be any reason to believe that Mr. Lee had breached any rule or posed any threat when he was evicted.

As asked each of you on December 5, 2022: AGAIN, on UN's lack of press freedom and due process - immediately explain both the basis for UN Security at 801 1st Ave on the morning of Dec 2 tell me I am "banned" from entering the UN despite confirmed invitation to UN PGA Town Hall, and (2) the "appeals" process that DSS told PGA Spokesperson about to, conveyed to me.   Audio - 2:20 min version  Full 7 minutes  

Immediately provide the if-asked information including status of UN victims in the UN child rape case data dumped this morning on UN website, MINUSCA in April though September 2022, and state why the nationality of the civilian defendant is not disclosed, and why the defendant is still being paid- on deadline. 

Does UNSG Guterres or his resident coordinator share "serious doubts" about the credibility of Equatorial Guinea's election results that saw the world's longest-serving president continue his 43-year-rule. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 80, secured almost 95% of votes, according to election officials. "Given the scale of irregularities observed and the announced results giving the [ruling party] PDGE 94.9% of the vote, we have serious doubts about the credibility of the announced results

On Cameroon and corruption what are the cmoments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that a total of $68 million was effectively stolen from the Cameroonian people over the course of 2021, according to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.  It says that was more than double the amount taken the previous year, excluding the estimated $281,000 embezzled from coronavirus funds.

Given that IRIB / Iran TV broadcasts forced confessions, recently resulting in sanctions, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately USG Fleming on them, while banning Inner City Press, accrediting IRIB's Kamran Najafzadeh, a member of UNCA for whom Guterres is set to raise funds on Dec 9? What safeguards are in place that bribers like Ng Lap Seng (previous attendee) and Patrick Ho aren't sold access to Guterres and the UN?

On Somalia and UNSOS what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres on this, sent to Inner City Press, here

On Qatar, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the imprisonment and now solitary confinement of whistleblower Adbullah Ibhais? See here.

 On UN staffer and now-sentenced rapist Karim Elkorany, and each of you refusing all Press questions on the case and rapes since Sept 2, 2020, immediately explain how this relates to or complies with this policy: ""The United States expects the leadership of the United Nations and other International Organizations to take meaningful action to support accountability and transparency through, among others, the following: the conduct of timely and survivor-centered investigations; response efforts driven by the needs, experiences, and resiliencies of those most at risk of SEAH; clear reporting and response systems, including to inform Member States of allegations or incidents; and accountability measures, including termination of employment or involvement of law enforcement, as needed" here

On China spying and worse in the US and NYC, immediately provide SG Guterres' comments and actions if any on what was documented in the October 24 indictments unsealed in EDNY and announced by the US AG 

Again: immediately provide SG Guterres' comments on and knowledge of litigation involving Trammo, the commodities firm he is promoting, including but not limited to being charged by Puerto Rico with MBTE pollution, and separately accused in SDNY of cooking its books. How did Guterres choose Trammo?  

On UNMIK (and OIOS) corruption, what are SG Guterres'the  of those addressed on whistleblower complaints to Inner City Press her

What is the response of SG Guterres and USG Fleming / MALU to this petition with over 10,000 signers urging restoring Inner City Press to resident correspondent status? 

On the current UNGA,  Inner City Press as NYC-based media which has covered the UN long-time has on Sept 8, 2022 applied for accreditation to enter, application #3728      I am writing to you more than ten days before the UN General Assembly high level week as a journalist who after covering the United Nations for Inner City Press for ten years was roughed up and thrown out of the UN as I covered its Fifth (Budget) Committee... For the upcoming UNGA High Level Week, I noticed that as of Sept 8, 2022 the MALU site says / claims: For UNGA week, the UN has limited media access to only to correspondents “residing in the tri-state area or Washington, D.C.”       While (1) that is discriminatory, (2) will not be implement as regards pro-government media traveling with delegations - I noted that I am an long-term UN reporter (since 2005), se quid pro quo scandal in the UN Mission in the DR Congo, and reside in NYC. My access badge should be provided immediately.     You and others including but not limited to USG Fleming have been written to on my behalf by the Quinn Emanuel law firm, no response yet - your response is requested on deadline."

See also, Inner City Press scoop on UNOV sex scandal in DRC, here.

On Colombia and UN corruption (and worse) on which each of you have refused to answer what now are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on these whistleblower complaints to Inner City Press

AGAIN on UN sexual exploitation and abuse immediately provide all additional if-asked information on the FOUR new sexual abuse cases data dumped on UN web site on August 23, 2022 at 10:01 am, including rapes by Mauritanian UN "Peacekeepers" in CAR, by Burundi and Cameroon, and Malawi in DRC - on deadline.

and nothing on rhino horn case we covered here 

& see new UN rapes, data dumped, unexplained

  On Cameroon what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres on the abduction / government disappearance of Muslim Anglophone activist and scholar Abdul Karim Ali in Bamenda? 

The information MALU sent out about access to UNGA 2022, apparently only to UNCA members, should be sent to others today, including Inner City Press which will be applying to enter to cover it, see here.

As separately asked of each of you on the morning of August 11, 2022, on UN sexual exploitation and abuse - alleged - this is a request on the new cases of UN sexual exploitation data dumped on the UN website at 9:01 am on August 11, Rape in CAR by a "civilian," abuse by peacekeepers from Cameroon, South Africa, and "military" - explain why nationality withheld, and what if anything UN has done for victims 

Again, immediately explain the basis for banning me and Inner City Press from the UN and its briefings when not only the IMF on May 20, 2021 on Sudan and El Salvador, here

and IMF on June 10, 2021: on Tanzania and Cameroon  and on El Salvador

and Wilson Center on May 20, 2021 on North Korea, here, and also on March 26, 2021 the US State Department takes Inner City Press' questions, transcript here 

and May 27, 2021 "Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung On the Secretary’s Upcoming Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica," "Let’s go the line Matthew Russell Lee.  QUESTION: Sure. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking the question. I had wanted to ask specifically about Honduras. There have been a series of cases in the Southern District of New York where the brother of the president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, his brother Tony was convicted of drug trafficking," see here.

What is the response of SG Guterres' / USG Fleming to the letter sent to her and others by the Quinn Emanuel law firm regarding ending Press censorship?  See "answer" August 9, here: letter received, no change in status - no reply.

After repeated non-answers to the above, on August 9 UN Spokesperson Dujarric was asked "Quinn Emanuel wrote a letter to the UN asking about reinstatement of our colleague Matthew Lee into the UN press corps. Do you have any comment on that?        Spokesman:  No. All I can tell you is that we've received the letter, and I'm not aware of any change to his status... It's been received. Whether or not it's been answered, I don't know yet." How can the UN, which preached press freedom, not even answer a letter for a journalist from a major law firm? What is your answer? When will Inner City Press be restored to resident correspondent status, like various state media?

Explain how it is legitimate for SG Guterres' DGC / USG Fleming and MALU (cc-ed here) to block Inner City Press from even WebEx questions to UNSC President Ireland, whose Alternate Political Coordinator and Spokesperson Eoghan McSwiney wrote to Inner City Press, "We would refer your request for access to the UN and to UN press conferences to the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit of the UN Secretariat." You are engaged in censorship, no? 

What is the UN's response to Inner City Press' Sept 13 application to MALU incluing for WebEx access to hybrid press briefings during UNGA 76, as it has at the IMF? Beyond last night's interim response projecting a decision in one or day days?  From: malu  Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 8:02 PM Subject: Your U.N. eAccreditation Request has been RECEIVED     Greetings Matthew Lee,  This is to confirm the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (M.A.L.U.) at New York Headquarters has received your request for accreditation...  Upon processing, a notification email (to the email address registered with the request)will provide the status update, to confirm an approval or rejection, and any additional information which may be required. 

What reason could there be to deny this? Particularly given that only today Sept 16, Inner City Press put questions to the IMF on Guinea, Ukraine and Venezuela (see here and then to IFRC's Francesco Rocca, about Cameroon. If they take questions, how can the UN not now allow Inner City Press, at least for now by WebEx? And IMF on October 21, 2021 here. And US Buffalo NBC TV on Oct 26 here.

Also IMF answering Inner City Press on Nov 4, 2021 on Ethiopia, Zambia and Chad here

Please immediately explain the basis, and the compliance with due process, of MALU's Jan 10, 2022 denial: "From: malu [at] un [dot] org  Date: Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 3:10 PM Subject: U.N. eAccreditation request for Matthew Lee Ref# M58355547 has been declined To: Inner City Press  Greetings Matthew Lee from Inner City Press,  Your media accreditation request, with reference no: M58355547, has been declined for the following reason: [BLANK] With kind regards,  Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU)" 

Immediately respond to this January 13 statement by the Committee to Protect Journalists when asked, in camera, about your UN's ongoing ban on Inner City Press: "While the UN can reasonably assert that violating known guidelines could result in the loss of credentials, it was not as transparent as it could have been throughout its investigation. We would encourage the UN to implement a more transparent investigation process for incidents involving accredited press, both resident or non-resident. Any formal process adopted by the UN for reviewing credentials should provide an opportunity where the journalist is able to respond to any allegations made against them." 

Immediately provide SG Guterres' and separately USG Fleming's explanation and action on this UN email: " "Language elements:  Some specific examples of language to use/not use at the moment:  “conflict” or “military offensive” and NOT “war” or “invasion” when referring to the situation in Ukraine."  Immediately specify, after USG Melissa Fleming tweeted "That email only went to about 25 staff" who the staff were - or, why not.

On UN system corruption and abuse, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on Inner City Press' June 6, 2022 exclusive: former French Police Commissaire Nicolas Hergot spends his time tracking down leaks within the agency. Inner City Press is here exclusively publishing leaked evidence of his unacceptable behavior by the basic standards of UN officials. Inner City Press has obtained the following document

On UN access, beyond his/your outrageous ongoing ban on Inner City Press, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the routinized and unexplained blocking of applicant groups on May 19 in the UN NGO Committee on such grounds as position on Taiwan or on BRICS, and apparently disproved charges?

What is the status at UNOPS and in the UN system of Vilaly Vanshelboim?

On deadline, on the UNTSO public sex video Inner City Press first published and each of you dissembled about, now state the UN employment and payment status of each accused staffer [here]

Again, why did SG Guterres omit from his personal financial disclosure covering 2016 funds he received from Gulbenkian Foundation which sought to sell its oil company to convicted UN briber CEFC China Energy? 

                            Russell Lee, banned from UN by Guterres, no
                            answers from UN Spox Dujarric

On Honduras, what are SG Guterres' responses to Honduras President JOH mocking the narco trafficking evidence against him by inviting Netflix Narcos to read the SDNY transcripts?

Why is the new PGA Abdulla Shaheed not even disclosing how his campaign was and office is funded, including each staff member, as committed do after the PGA John Ashe scandal in SDNY? cc-ing Ms Grayley too

And, on ongoing censorship of Press by SG Guterres, USG Fleming and Spox Dujarric, to this petition with 9000+ signatures here

On Inner City Press' exclusive reporting into UNTSO's scandal of public sex in the UN van, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on this, from whistleblower: "the men in the UNTSO car have been charged with transporting a passenger who was not authorized and also for not co-operating with the investigation."  Inner City Press asked, "Thanks - I'd heard they were restored to full pay."  Answer: "Still suspended, but have been getting salary for a year.  Now they have been accused of conduct unbecoming."    Confirm or deny - and explain the long cover up, for/of Michael Antoine.

On UNDT opacity, on which you have refused to answer, explain why on August 26, a supposedly "public" case was held - but the access link was dead, not only to Inner City Press but to the public at large: "UNDT/NBI/2020/022 (Mancinelli) The Applicant contests the Administration’s finding of misconduct and imposition of a disciplinary sanction against her." 

  After UNDT purported to order me to destroy evidence of sexual harassment by UN staff Padula, AGAIN what are the responses of SG Guterres and his consigliere Soares, UN General Counsel now that the appeal has been acknowledged and said to be on ePortal with case number? "Weicheng Lin  9:39 AM  Dear Mr. Lee,  I acknowledge receipt of your filing.   Case: UNAT/2020/1502 Dear Respondents,  We received an Appeal of UNDT Orders 178 (NY/2020) and 179 (NY/2020) filed by Mr. Lee on 21 December 2020.  Mr. Lee who is not a staff member nor a party to the case of the Applicant filed an appeal against these orders with the Appeals Tribunal.  The Registrar accepted the submissions and instructed that they be transmitted to the parties in the UNDT proceedings, and the Secretary-General for comments within 30 days."    How is it acceptable that each of your takes public money and refuses to answer or even acknowledge Press questions, including about UN staff's sexual abuse? 

On SG son Pedro Guimarães e Melo De Oliveira Guterres, explain how the business of Explorer Investments has been reviewed for conflicts of interest. Explain immediately how Pedro Guterres doing business with Rwanda while Antonio Guterres was UNSG was and is not a conflict, and what was disclosed and to whom.

Immediately explain, given the Amir Dossal was on board of Epstein's procurer Ghislaine Maxwell's Terramar Project and Inner City Press has repeatedly asked you each about in writing, how Spokesman Dujarric's Oct 30 on camera statement is not aware of any other UN connection to Epstein, beyond IPI, was and is not a lie and cover up. 

Again, why did Guterres not list Gulbenkian, linked to CEFC China Energy, in his disclosure covering 2016?  What are Guterres' comments on IPI and Epstein, why would he not say why he left the board? Why has he not quit Club of Madrid? Why was Amir Dossal on Board of Terramar of Ghislaine Maxwell

  Immediate comments on the leaked audio of OSSC Chediek Inner City Press published Aug 5 on SoundCloud here (1 of 6)  

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