UN For Lifetime Ban on Inner City Press Cites Content of Periscope Broadcasts, Now Listed in PressFreedomTracker.us
By InnerCity Press - Mon Aug 20, 8:33 pm
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By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR LetterPFTracker
UNITED NATIONS GATE, August 20 – 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 most recently Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ failure and conflict of interest on 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The letter informed me, without a single opportunity to be heard and offer rebuttal, that “your accreditation is hereby withdrawn pursuant to the Guidelines.”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. See below. On August 20, when the PressFreedomTracker.us belatedly listed Guterres’ and Smale’s roughing up and banning of Inner City Press, here, Guterres’ spokesman Dujarric made it clear it is all about content. While insisting it is not about Inner City Press’ “writing,” he specifically cited Periscope broadcasts as a basis for the lifetime ban. That is censorship….