To Report On UN General Assembly Inner City Press Has Applied After Year Ban From Guterres
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By Matthew Russell Lee, Video here, Vine hereUN GATE, August 26 — After reporting on the United Nations as a resident correspondent for a decade, exposing war crimes and UN scandals from Sri Lanka to Yemen to Cameroon, Inner City Press was roughly ousted and banned from the UN since 3 July 2018. On 24 August 2019 it applied to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his new Communications and media accreditation chief Melissa Fleming to be admitted like hundreds of others to cover the upcoming UN General Assembly, then formally asked UN member states in the Security Council and General Assembly to ensure this happens: “I am writing to you a month before the UN General Assembly high level week as a journalist who after covering the United Nations for Inner City Press for ten years was roughed up and thrown out of the UN as I covered its Fifth (Budget) Committee on 3 July 2018 and have been denied all access since. There was no due process, no right to appeal, nothing. The Department’s and MALU’s lack of any content neutral accreditation rules, rule process including appeal rights for jouranlists, must also be addressed. I should now be granted accreditation like hundreds of correspondents who publish far fewer stories about the UN and international affairs than I do. I ask for your immediate response. I have a right to cover the UN, the Security Council, ECOSOC and General Assembly including next month’s High Level week. For your information despite now ending USG Smale having assured the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression that during my exclusion my written questions would be answered, the questions have not been.malu Date: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 7:28 PM Subject: Your U.N….