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UN Cites Bad Faith Complaint By Morocco to Ban Inner City Press But Ignores Response

By InnerCity Press - Sat Aug 18, 5:51 am

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By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Video File I IIIIIUNITED NATIONS GATE, August 18 – After having covered the UN since 2005 for Inner City Press, and pursued stories of UN under-performance from Sri Lanka to Darfur and Haiti to Yemen and Cameroon, at 4 pm on Friday August 17 I got a four page letter from Under Secretary General Alison Smale, formerly the New York Times’ Berlin bureau chief. We’ve put the letter on Scribd here,Patreon download here. The letter informed me, without a single opportunity to be heard and offer rebuttal, that “your accreditation is hereby withdrawn pursuant to the Guidelines.” It cited what it called three previous warnings. But on further inspection there is no there, there. And Grand Inquisitor Alison Smale didn’t even consider, or acknowledge, that Inner City Press had responded to the spurious complaints — from the Morocco mission to the UN on 17 March 2017 and from DPI Deputy Maher Nasser, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, on 20 October 2017.  Smale’s misuse of the Morocco complaint, if not reversed, would set a precedent in that in Guterres’ UN member states which don’t like a particular journalist can file frivolous complaints and get the journalist banned. On 17 March “From: Marija D. Rokuiziene
Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:59 PM
Subject: Re: Turkish Lounge
To: Matthew Lee, Inner City Press
Cc: Hua Jiang  [at] un.org>, Hak-Fan Lau  [at] un….

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