UN Shifts Its Review Of Banned Inner City Press Into Media Critique of Guterres and Smale Using UNnamed Sources
By InnerCity Press - Sat Aug 11, 12:35 pm
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By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR, 6/19 Video, Filing I II III
UNITED NATIONS, August 11 – Inner City Press on July 5 was told it was banned from entering the UN, the day after it filed a criminal complaint against UN Security Lieutenant Ronald Dobbins and another for physically removing it from covering the July 3 meeting about the UN’s $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget, as witnessed and essentially cheered on by Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Assistant SG Christian Saunders, tearing its reporter’s shirt, painfully and intentionally twisting his arm and slamming shut and damaging his laptop. Video here. Columbia Journalism Review here.
Now on “ here have been a number of allegations from fellow journalists that Lee has harassed them over the years. ‘A lot of journalists have not just been harassed but threatened by him and that’s a problem,’ Haq said.” This is Kafkaesque. Inner City Press quit the UN Correspondents Association after finding it to be corrupt. Its president after having rented one of his Manhattan apartments to Palitha Kohona, who as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN accused of a role in the White Flag Killings, unilaterally granted Kohona’s request to him to screen a Sri Lanka government war crimes denial film as an UNCA event, in the Dag Hammarskjold Library auditorium. This was done without approval of or even notice to all Executive Committee members of which Inner City Press was one….