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Gushing on Freedom After Trying to Censor, UNCA Big Wigs Tweet from Park Ave

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 15 – The vacuity of the Big Media which try to absent mindly dominate the UN press corps was on display even Friday night.

  The UN Correspondents Association, increasingly known as the UN's Censorship Alliance, had belatedly held their annual general meeting in the afternoon.

  There was no read-out, beyond the UN announcing that the rest of the press corps' move back to the UN skyscraper was delayed again by the demands of big broadcasters in UNCA.

  But after sundown UNCA's new president Pamela Falk of CBS began relentlessly tweeting good news, which consisted of the words “access” and “free press” and “transparency” followed by the Twitter handles of UNCA Executive Committee members, including Tim Witcher of AFP and Lou Charbonneau of Reuters.

   But at least these these two Members actively tried in 2012 to get the UN to throw out the investigative Press -- hardly “access” or “transparent” or “free press” -- while several other UNCA Executive Committee members served as judges or extras in the drama, doing nothing.

   Pam Falk herself, since assuming the UNCA post without any competition, with the nomination of her predecessor, has done nothing to clean up the organization.

In fact, things have gotten worse: the UNCA “leaders” have taken to tearing down flyers of the new Free UN Coalition for Access, and starting anonymous counterfeit social media accounts which mock alleged victims of sexual harassment.

  Falk has done nothing about this; in fact, flyers about unfair UN accreditation rules, right outside the door to her enclosed office, have been torn down every morning.

  But Friday evening where was Pam Falk to be found? Schmoozing on the Upper East Side, at a reception (where African diplomats told Inner City Press the Eastern Congo framework agreement would now be signed February 24 in Addis Ababa).

  Falk was not responding to questions about her oh-so-recent claims of transparency and free press.(It was an informative event, as it turned out, and in any event would remain unspecified here.)

   Seriously, though, there has to be an easier and more honest way than UNCA to get an extra line on one's resume. To lead an organization that has engaged in censorship, either reform or embrace it. Watch this site.

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