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Seeking Free Press Return to UN Quinn Emanuel Wrote to Sec Gen UNCA and USUN

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UN GATE / SDNY, May 5 –   While in the United Nations there is a flurry of statements about World Press Freedom Day, there has been no answer to questions about Secretary General Antonio Guterres' ouster and banning of Inner City Press which exposed the omission in his financial disclosure of a link to UN bribery firm CEFC China.  

Inner City Press these days daily covers the Federal courts, where it covered the trial that convicted on bribery charges Patrick Ho of CEFC China Energy, which sought to buy the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation which paid Guterres. 

  But on July 3, 2018 Inner City Press was inside the UN, as an accredited journalist, putting questions to the Ambassador of Cameroon about his claims that Guterres in his 38th floor office never asking him about his government's killing of Anglophones, only about favors he could do while Cameroon was chair of the UN Budget Committee.

Inner City Press was roughed up and ousted, and had been banned since. 

 In July 2021 the law firm of Quinn Emanuel, pro bono, wrote on behalf of Inner City Press to Guterres' head of media accreditation Melissa Fleming, and to each executive committee member of the United Nations Correspondents Assocation, seeking a dialogue to get Inner City Press back into the UN.  

There was no answer from these, who have all virtue-signaled about press freedom and WPFD since. Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric was asked about the Quinn Emanuel letter and confirmed receipt, saying he didn't know if it would be responded to. Video. It hasn't been.

   Late in 2021 Quinn Emanuel sent a copy of the letter to the US State Department, through Laurel Rapp, asking the Department and US Mission to the UN and its Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to ensure Inner City Press' re-entry into the UN.

No answer, nor to Inner City Press' direct request the the USUN Mission for access to ask questions on May 3, 2022.   So now we publish the letter, on DocumentCloud, here. And we will have more, much more, on this. Watch this site. 


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