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UN GATE, June 20 – Inner City Press on 5 July 2018 was banned from entering the UN, two day after it was physically removed from conducting interviews outside meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ $6.7 billion budget.
Then Guterres’ Department of Global Communication, run by Melissa Fleming, issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN – for life. With no due process, no right of appeal. Guterres has put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Guterres’ Spokesman Stephane Dujarric falsely promised on camera that he would be answering banned Inner City Press’ questions – but see below.
On June 20 after Guterres again refused to answer but the IMF did answer, May 6 here, Feb 25 here, Feb 4 here, here (3 Dec 2020), like here, before Stephane “French Whine” Dujarric, previously the face of UN lies on cholera in Haiti (and on July 9 saying he will continue hybrid briefings, exclusion of Inner City Press more and more absurd), not Associate “Spokesperson” Florencia Soto Nino who blocks Press on WhatsApp, not equally censoring Associate Eri Kaneko, not new UN Spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay – and not rape-denying Deputy Farhan Haq, held a briefing before which Inner City Press submitted yet more questions (blocked by Dujarric’s screener Florencia Soto Nino on +1 917 226 7816 and Dujarric himself on +1 917 622 7652; he directed some favored scribes to Eri Kaneko on +1 917 208 8910, who now blocks Inner City Press on WhatsApp as well) including on the basis on which it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person. Now also on the basis for withholding publicly funded UN video from the Press. There was no answer from Farhan Haq on +1 917 592 4591, not even a confirmation of receipt, and UN official like Eri Kaneko and Stephanie Tremblay, taking public money for a UN briefing blocking email questions – Inner City Press video with commentary here and here, edit here, June 16 video of Kaneko who had briefing go dark and never returned to explain here and here — who will be held accountable? July 16 and ouster here, July 17 raw and UNTV… August 11 briefing and quarantine violations, Nov 23 here (with those allowed in obsessed by Antony Blinken and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, whom we too will cover, and did even before nomination, here), Feb 11 here, Feb 12 here (short because Honduras coverage, another Guterres cover up), Feb 26 here, March 1 here, March 2 here, March 3 here (Twitter video briefing by Brenden Varma who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter), April 13 here, April 15 here, April 16 here, April 21 here, April 22 here, April 23 here, May 4 here, May 6 here, May 25 stand-up here, May 26 here, June 2 stand-up here, June 3 stand-up here, June 4 here, June 8 stand-up here, June 17 stand-up here, IMF answer to ICP on June 24 here, VLOG Aug 3 here, Aug 4 here, Aug 9 here & Aug 9 Q&A here, Aug 16 Vlog here, Aug 24 Vlog at UN here, Aug 30 Vlog here, Sept 14 Vlog here, Sept 16 Vlog here, Sept 17 vlog here, Oct 8 vlog here, Oct 22 vlog (& on Halkbank) here, Oct 25 vlog here, Dec 9 briefing stream with commentary here, 20 June 2022 UN gate here, Inner City Press has asked the above, and Guterres and his new chief of staff Courtenay Rattray and others:
These written question are posed and responses requested pursuant to the until-now broken commitment the the UN will “continue to answer e-mailed questions from Mr Lee” Inner City Press, here
June 20-1: Immediately explain the basis for banning me and Inner City Press from the UN and its briefings when not only the IMF on May 20, 2021 on Sudan and El Salvador, here,
and IMF on June 10, 2021: on Tanzania and Cameroon and on El Salvador
and Wilson Center on May 20, 2021 on North Korea, here, and also on March 26, 2021 the US State Department takes Inner City Press’ questions, transcript here
and May 27, 2021 “Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung On the Secretary’s Upcoming Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica,” “Let’s go the line Matthew Russell Lee. QUESTION: Sure. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking the question. I had wanted to ask specifically about Honduras. There have been a series of cases in the Southern District of New York where the brother of the president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, his brother Tony was convicted of drug trafficking,” see here.
What is the response of SG Guterres’ / USG Fleming to the letter sent to her and others by the Quinn Emanuel law firm regarding ending Press censorship? See “answer” August 9, here: letter received, no change in status – no reply.
After repeated non-answers to the above, on August 9 UN Spokesperson Dujarric was asked “Quinn Emanuel wrote a letter to the UN asking about reinstatement of our colleague Matthew Lee into the UN press corps. Do you have any comment on that? Spokesman: No. All I can tell you is that we’ve received the letter, and I’m not aware of any change to his status… It’s been received. Whether or not it’s been answered, I don’t know yet.” How can the UN, which preached press freedom, not even answer a letter for a journalist from a major law firm? What is your answer? When will Inner City Press be restored to resident correspondent status, like various state media?
Explain how it is legitimate for SG Guterres’ DGC / USG Fleming and MALU (cc-ed here) to block Inner City Press from even WebEx questions to UNSC President Ireland, whose Alternate Political Coordinator and Spokesperson Eoghan McSwiney wrote to Inner City Press, “We would refer your request for access to the UN and to UN press conferences to the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit of the UN Secretariat.” You are engaged in censorship, no?
What is the UN’s response to Inner City Press’ Sept 13 application to MALU incluing for WebEx access to hybrid press briefings during UNGA 76, as it has at the IMF? Beyond last night’s interim response projecting a decision in one or day days? From: malu Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 8:02 PM Subject: Your U.N. eAccreditation Request has been RECEIVED Greetings Matthew Lee, This is to confirm the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (M.A.L.U.) at New York Headquarters has received your request for accreditation… Upon processing, a notification email (to the email address registered with the request)will provide the status update, to confirm an approval or rejection, and any additional information which may be required.
What reason could there be to deny this? Particularly given that only today Sept 16, Inner City Press put questions to the IMF on Guinea, Ukraine and Venezuela (see here and then to IFRC’s Francesco Rocca, about Cameroon. If they take questions, how can the UN not now allow Inner City Press, at least for now by WebEx? And IMF on October 21, 2021 here. And US Buffalo NBC TV on Oct 26 here.
Also IMF answering Inner City Press on Nov 4, 2021 on Ethiopia, Zambia and Chad here
On the UN’s ban of Inner City Press, from UNHQ and also UNDT proceeding, what on deadeline is SG Guterres’ response to this UNAT decision
AGAIN: on Western Sahara, confirm or deny on deadline both that Khaoula Morchid was recruited for MINURSO under Colin Stewart, and separately Stewart’s successor’s relations with her
On UNRWA, confirm or deny a relation by then-head Grandi, the actions to silence taken by Lance Bartholomeusz – and that Grandi has even hired Bartholomuesz’ wife at UNHCR (submitted here to Secretariat given the role(s) of DGC chief who has also refused to even answer friendly Quinn Emanual law firm letter since July 6, 2021.
On presumptive sexual harasser Fabrizio Hochschild, on which each of your has refused to comment on or explain the leaked OIOS audio Inner City Press exclusively published, now on deadline explain this, reported yesterday by Inner City Press: “the Organization has decided to extend the Applicant’s appointment until 31 January 2022.”
On Lebanon, respond to this complaint made by UN staff to Inner City Press: “Amenities like fridges, freezers, heating, cooling, communication, and mobile systems all rely on electricity and for many, there is very little and sometimes none. Generator syndicates now have a new way to make life difficult for UN employees, they charge them double for half the service while the Secretary General does nothing. It seems UN employees are just in Lebanon to be abused for money and forgotten by those that live their lives in HQ locations.”
On Nigeria what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately DSG Amina J. Mohammed on that police in the Nigerian state of Katsina have dispersed protesters who had gathered in the state capital demanding the authorities to do more to end worsening insecurity in the country. Katsina is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari. [Inner City Press book featuring Amina J. Mohammed and Guterres (and Buhari) forthcoming]
AND YES YET ONCE AGAIN: On Ghislaine Maxwell, whose child sex trafficking trial started on Nov 29 in SDNY court and on whose Terramar Foundation board UN Partnership rep Amir Dossal was 1 of only 5 people, what is SG Guterres’ response to and comments on “Ghislaine Maxwell’s family appeals to UN for her release from jail”? Now on Dossal – state immediately whether or not he was representing the UN at Ghislaine Maxwell’s 116 East 65th Street residence, along with his son Zecki? And also: SG Guterres’ comments and actions on the Jeffrey Epstein “fellowship” with IPI and Epstein’s other UN-world connections – including UN engagement with IPI Bahrain, and Geir Pederson’s meeting with Epstein.
On Cameroon, on which each of your have refused to answer Inner City Press’ questions about Ambazonia, what now are SG Guterres’ comments and actions if any on that more than 30,000 people have fled from northern Cameroon to neighbouring Chad this week
As asked to each of you on Dec 8, 2021 with no answer: “On UN sexual exploitation and abuse – alleged – this is a request on the new cases of UN sexual abuse by UN “peacekeepers” from Gabon in CAR in 2021 – including a CHILD RAPE – data dumped at 12:01 pm on Dec 8, 2021 and not addressed at the noon briefing Inner City Press is banned from, along with another case in CAR by a “peacekeeper” from Burundi, and the previous UN child rape in CAR by UN “peacekeeping” troop Burkina Faso (Oct 19) and from Burundi – child rape! – and SEA by Tanzania troops in DRC data dumped at 12:02 pm on Oct 7, and earlier (unanswered) from Peru (Sept 29), Gabon and “the Congo” – and Nepal peacekeeper child rape in DRC – data-dumped at 10:07 am on July 21, 2021 that you immediately provide the “if asked” information”
On Dec 1 MINUSMA itself sent Inner City Press a partial answer to a question about UN sex abuse that I asked each of your two weeks ago, without answer. 1) why is UNHQ engaged in a bigger cover up of sexual exploitation and abuse than its Missions? 2) where is the report and follow up referred to in MINUSMA’s answer, which MINUSMA also emailed to all/most of you?
Since new PGA spokesperson Kubiak has written to Inner City Press that she did not receive Inner City Press numerous written questions, please explain how the UN blocks addresses or confines Press questions to spam folders?
On Cameroon, Biya and COVID, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that Only 3% of Cameroonians have received a first dose and 1.1% are fully vaccinated, according to Dr Malachie
On UNCDF as Inner City Press asked each of you in August 2021 without any response, AGAIN, “what is the UN system’s response to this, from a whistleblower? Ms Preeti Sinha the newly appointed UNCDF secretary was the business development officer in a Swiss based organization IHDLIFE SARL until October 2020, before that she handled the Secretariat of the same organization’s another vertical. She ran a small company FFD ventures SARL but in the appointment news of Preeti Sinha she is projected as the CEO and president of FFD Ventures SARL which has raised millions of dollars to support Covid 19 response and other development work. But the truth is far less
On UN sex abuse – child rape! – on which each of you on Oct 25 refused written questions from Inner City Press, again: On UN sexual exploitation and abuse – alleged – this is a request on the new case of UN attempted child rape by a UN “peacekeeper” from Morocco, location not even disclosed – why? – data dumped at 12:03 pm during the noon briefing by Dujarric and Volker Perthes on Oct 25, 2021, and the previous UN child rape in CAR by UN “peacekeeping” troop Burkina Faso (Oct 19) and from Burundi – child rape! – and SEA by Tanzania troops in DRC data dumped at 12:02 pm on Oct 7, and earlier (unanswered) from Peru (Sept 29), Gabon and “the Congo” – and Nepal peacekeeper child rape in DRC – data-dumped at 10:07 am on July 21, 2021 that you immediately
On corruption and Azerbaijan (and more, since each of you already did not answer on UNSC president Kenya on Oct 4, and Jordan and Gabon on Oct 5, and Republic of Congo – Brazzaville on Oct 6, and Qatar on Oct 7 and Sri Lanka on Oct 8 and Czech Republic Babis on Oct 12 and Lebanon on Oct 13, Tony Blair on October 14, Ukraine on Oct 15, Honduras on Oct 18, Dominican Republic on Oct 19 Ecuador on Oct 20, Montenegro on Oct 21, Chad on Oct 22, Chile on Oct 25) what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that the Aliyev children’s luxury property investments. They were shareholders of 44 companies registered in the British Virgin Islands between 2006 and 2018. The records show the children owned five companies used to buy more than $120 million worth of high-end London properties
On Nigeria what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately DSG Amina J. Mohammed on that The trial of Nigerian separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, resumed on Thursday in the capital, Abuja. He was charged with terrorism, treason, running an illegal company and publishing defamatory materials. The government has amended the charges, but the details have not been made public. Mr Kanu, who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) group, has not yet been asked to plead.
On UN sexual abuse, on which each of your refused to answer this written Press questions yesterday, is AGAIN is a request on the new cases of sexual exploitation by a UN “peacekeeper” from Burkina Faso in DRC data dumped at 12:06 pm during the noon briefing by Farhan Haq on Oct 19, 2021
On Cameroon what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately USG Lacroix on that this week 3-year-old Minex Kimora was on her way to school with her mother in the city of Buea when a Cameroonian gendarme opened fire on their car, shattering her skull, killing the girl instantly.
AGAIN, why didn’t SG Guterres’ public financial disclosure covering 2016 disclose the money he received from Gulbenkian Foundation, which would subsequently try to sell its oil company to UN briber CEFC China Energy, convicted in the SDNY Federal Court?
As Inner City Press asked each of you in writing on October 7 without any answer at all – cover up — On UN sexual exploitation and abuse – alleged – this is a request on the new cases of UN child rape in CAR by UN “peacekeeping” troop from Burundi – child rape! – and SEA by Tanzania troops in DRC data dumped at 12:02 pm on Oct 7, and earlier (unanswered) from Peru (Sept 29), Gabon and “the Congo” – and Nepal peacekeeper child rape in DRC – data-dumped at 10:07 am on July 21, 2021 that you immediately provide the “if asked” information
On Nigeria what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres and separately his DSG Amina J. Mohammed on that the Nigerian army has confirmed that it arrested actor Chiwetalu Agu for wearing an outfit bearing the flag of the proscribed group Ipob and inciting people to join it. The Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) is a group that wants a breakaway state in south-east Nigeria.
On corruption and Kenya (and more), what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres on that the Kenyattas’ offshore investments include a company with stocks and bonds worth $30m (£22m), a foundation where his mother and the president are listed as beneficiaries, and an offshore company that could not be traced back to the Kenyatta family, which was used to buy an apartment in central London now valued at $1.3m (£1m)
On UN system sexual abuse and exploitation what are SG Guterres comments on WHO staffer put on leave for covering up SEA in DRC – and AGAIN why did Guterres’ UN not inform authorities of sexual crimes by Karim Elkorany while working for the UN in Iraq, drugging and raping women, before he was allowed to fly back to NJ, USA, now prosecuted here in SDNY court?
On Honduras, what are SG Guterres’ responses to Honduras President JOH mocking the narco trafficking evidence against him by inviting Netflix Narcos to read the SDNY transcripts?
Why is the new PGA Abdulla Shaheed not even disclosing how his campaign was and office is funded, including each staff member, as committed do after the PGA John Ashe scandal in SDNY? cc-ing Ms Grayley too
And, on ongoing censorship of Press by SG Guterres, USG Fleming and Spox Dujarric, to this petition with 9000+ signatures here
On Inner City Press’ exclusive reporting into UNTSO’s scandal of public sex in the UN van, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on this, from whistleblower: “the men in the UNTSO car have been charged with transporting a passenger who was not authorized and also for not co-operating with the investigation.” Inner City Press asked, “Thanks – I’d heard they were restored to full pay.” Answer: “Still suspended, but have been getting salary for a year. Now they have been accused of conduct unbecoming.” Confirm or deny – and explain the long cover up, for/of Michael Antoine.
On Cameroon, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the “Cameroon military opening fire at Christians in Bail/Ambazonia worshipping yesterday Sunday?
On UNDT opacity, on which you have refused to answer, explain why on August 26, a supposedly “public” case was held – but the access link was dead, not only to Inner City Press but to the public at large: “UNDT/NBI/2020/022 (Mancinelli) The Applicant contests the Administration’s finding of misconduct and imposition of a disciplinary sanction against her.”
Given the Aug 24 UNDT case about UNDP Country Director Samuel Bwalya colluding / forging with Ethiopia’s government, immediately state how many other cases of UN staff or officials colluding with Ethiopia’s government the UN is aware of, and describe each.
On SG son Pedro Guimarães e Melo De Oliveira Guterres, explain how the business of Explorer Investments has been reviewed for conflicts of interest. Explain immediately how Pedro Guterres doing business with Rwanda while Antonio Guterres was UNSG was and is not a conflict, and what was disclosed and to whom.
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