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On World Press Freedom Day Germany Mimics UN Guterres in Banning Independent Media

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

UN GATE, May 3 –  On World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations of Antonio Guterres is more hypocritical than usual.  

  While UN Global Communications chief Melissa Fleming put out a video of Guterres equating what he (and she) characterize as disinformation as the threat to press freedom, Guterres has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN since 2018, when it exposed the omission of links to bribery firm CEFC China Energy from his financial disclosure. 

 Law firm Quinn Emanuel, on a pro bono basis, wrote to Fleming and the UN Correspondents Association (with state media of China on its board of directors) seeking a dialogue to reinstate Inner City Press.

There has been no answer, nor to an appeal to Guterres head of security Gilles Michaud.  

  UNCA invited its scribes to the German Mission; Inner City Press, forwarded the invite by a disgruntedly UNCA member, RSVPed - with no response at all, even as Germany prepares to pull out of the UN's Mali Mission: "UNCA is extending an invitation to a press briefing with German Deputy Foreign Minister, State Minister Ms. Anna LUEHRMANN (CV) – off the record.  Time: Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 9 a.m. EDT (to 9.45 a.m.)  Place: German House NY, 871 Un Plaza Please register online!   Topics: World Press Freedom Day, esp. new global programme for the protection of journalists “Hannah Arendt Inititaive”, Climate Action Policies, Peacebuilding activites.   Ms. LUEHMANN will hold a keynote at the UN / UNESCO #WPFD event on 2 May p.m. in UNGA Hall. She will speak at the #WPFD side event in the German House on 3 May, 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m., “Displaced media workers on the frontline eof Human Rights’ Defense”, Programme see attached. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! OPEN TO THE PRESS! Kindly register online here. She will speak in the UNSC Open Debate on 3 May (“Sustaining Peace” Agenda)." That's by Switzerland. Pure fraud.

 Still, ill-informed media run the Guterres video without commentary. Disinformation, indeed. 


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