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UN Spox Dujarric Blocks Inner City Press on WhatsApp Taking Questions Only From Friends

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Video
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UN GATE / SDNY COURT, March 20 – The United Nations, which bills itself the "world body," should answer questions from the press and public. But since Secretary General Antonio Guterres came in, the UN has become more and more opaque.   

  On March 16, Guterres' Spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a nearly empty Press Briefing Room said that from now on he would answer questions by text message or WhatsApp.  In the days since, he has refused all questions from Inner City Press, on Cameroon and Coronavirus.

 On March 20 he went further. Before his literally in-house briefing at which he said he was taking WhatApp questions, he blocked Inner City Press on WhatsApp at submitted its questions on COVID-19 and Guinea. Nor did his screener Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez, who he named on camera, even  acknowledge the question. Guterres and Dujarric are corrupting everything, and everyone.

  On March 19 Guterres first glared at the camera and then took four questions hand-picked by Melissa Fleming, video here. Inner City Press' questions entering via Periscope were not taken, nor have they been answered since. Guterres is corrupt.

 Several disgusted members of the UN Correspondents Association forwarded to Inner City Press an e-mail they received and suggested it submit its questions, about Guterres' and Fleming's lack of financial disclosure, cover up of UN rapes and complicity in Cameroon, through the ways they were invited to. Here's from the e-mail:

"Dear colleagues,  The spokesperson's office has provided us with both Stephane and Farhan's cell number so that correspondents can send a question via WhatsApp or text before noon.  Stephane Dujarric: +1 917 622 7652 

Farhan Haq: +1 917 592 4591  In addition, we are passing on an update from MALU that there will be NO signing in of guests at UNHQ and the accreditation office will not be issuing any temporary passes until further notice. Valeria Robecco President, United Nations Correspondents Association."

  Since the March 18 home video, in which Dujarric tried to distance himself from his censorship by saying the questions he could see were being reviewed by "Florencia" - that is,
Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez - UNCA sources have sent Inner City Press for publication to those who have questions from the UN her work contact: +1 917 226 7816. But will today's UN answer any but its paid friends' questions?

There were no answers, despite following the procedures detailed above. Inner City Press and the Free UN Coalition for Access, FUNCA, will have more on this. 


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