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UN's Censorship Alliance Lists 10 Items in 1 Hour, Fake Social Media on List

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 15 – After a year in which the UN Correspondents Association spent most of its meetings trying to get the investigative Press thrown out, first of the UNCA Executive Committee to which it was elected then from the UN as a whole, Friday they will belatedly hold an annual general meeting.

  It is already being held later than is required by the UNCA constitution, just as the sham elections with only one candidate for each officer post was held after the required time.

  But the agenda for Friday's General Meeting has ten items, all to be handled in an hour or less. A Security Council meeting is now scheduled 45 minutes into UNCA's kabuki theater. Perhaps the UNCA “leaders” no longer cover the Security Council, at least not in-person.

  The funniest or most cynical item on the agenda is the “Committee to Expand Social Media.”

  This comes after the UNCA “leaders” have set up at least two anonymous social media accounts to try to undermine the new Free UN Coalition for Access as well as co-founder Inner City Press.

  Will they make some admission on Friday? Or at least drop the anonymity?

   Let's name some names, with documents obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act.

  It was Voice of America, which said it had the support of Reuters' Louis Charbonneau and AFP's Tim Witcher, which made the June 20, 2012 request to UN official Stephane Dujarric to "review the accreditation" of Inner City Press.

  The UN has yet to state what it's rules for due process for journalists on such complaints.

  Friday's meeting, it seems, is closed to other journalists, even though UNCA has for years felt comfortable impacting on journalists who have chosen to not join UNCA. This is now being opposed by FUNCA.

  The response has been to tear down FUNCA flyers -- all of them, on February 15. The head of DPI has genially let FUNCA know to expect some good news. We are always open. “Separate but equal” didn't work, however, under Jim Crow in the American South, and we don't think it will work in the UN. Watch this site.

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