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UN PGA Spox Paulina Kubiak Takes Public Money Without Answering Press Questions

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UN GATE / SDNY COURT, Nov 19 –   The United Nations under SG Antonio Guterres turns people into thieves and censors.

Today's example is the new spokesperson for UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid. Previous UN PGAs John Ashe (who was indicted for corruption then died under a barbell) and Sam Kutesa were shown to take bribes. The UN said future PGAs would disclose who pays each of their staff members.

But Shahid refuses to. His past spokesperson quit. The job has gone to Paulina Kubiak, at one point perfectly friendly at the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit which implemented Guterres throw-out-the-Press order.

She tweeted - as Paulina Greer -- that she was holding a press briefing on November 19. Inner City Press emailed her and the Office's Carl Mercer this, at 1 pm:

"Hi - this is a Press question about the UN PGA's office, in light of the previous corruption scandals of PGA John Ashe with Ng Lap Seng, and Sam Kutesa with Patrick Ho of CEFC China Energy, etc   It was was in the wake of those SDNY convictions that future PGAs would disclose who paid each of their staff members.   But the current PGA says only "The staff of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) are identifiable through their biographies on the website."   That does not identify funding. Please on deadline provide the funding informatoin, and explain why it was not provided until now.   Also, please ensure that Inner City Press which has covered this issues about and in the UN for some time, but is currently banned due to UN censorship, can enter the UN to cover the GA and PGA - please provide your response to this immediately. Please confirm receipt, and thank you for your attention."

  More than six hours later, nothing at all. It is a crime to take public money to not do your job, to be a censor and not a spokesperson, and to cover up corruption and lack of transparency.

It came on a week that the IMF, by contrast, answered Inner City Press' questions on Myanmar, Ethiopia / Tigray, Chad and Zambia, here. Kubiak's is censorship; to take public money to not do one's job is theft.

                        Kubiak does UN briefing, refuses UN questions
                        from Inner City Press, Nov 19, 2021

This is simply stealing public money, particularly given the polite letter from the Quinn Emanuel law firm sent in July to the UN's Melissa Fleming and the UN's partners. No answers, though receipted was confirmed here.

And note that UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, on camera, "We continue to answer e-mailed questions from Mr Lee/ Inner City Press," here.

This is censorship - and theft. We'll have more, much more, on this - as long as it takes. Watch this site.


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