For UN Democracy Day Event UN Withholds Ticket Inner City Press Was Told To Pick Up Explanation Requested
By Inner City Press - Mon Sep 16, 12:02 pm
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By Matthew Russell Lee, Photo here, ScopeUN GATE, Sept 16 — After its 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, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had Inner City Press roughly ousted by his UN Security and media accreditation stripped without a hearing by his Department of Global Communications now run by Melissa Fleming. Last week Inner City Press, after RSVP-ing to an invitation to attend a “UN Democracy Day” event in the UN on September 16, received these instructions:– 16:30 in Conference Room 8 (1B Level, GA Building) with 14:30 – 15:0 light food and refreshments, next to Vienna Cafe. Should you have no valid UN grounds pass, you will require a Special Event Ticket (SET) to access the event at the United Nations. This is to confirm that I have received your RSVP and will have an SET for (all) the name(s) you have provided. Disbursement of SETs will be as follows: 10:00 – 13:00 -You can pick up Special Events Tickets at the Office of the Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the UN located at 336 E 45th St (and 1st Ave) 14th Floor starting at 10:00.” Photo here. Just after 10 am on September 16, Inner City Press went to 336 East 45th Street, which is Uganda House, signed in and up to the 14th floor. There it was confirmed that it has RSVP, but that mysteriously unlike others there was no ticket waiting for it. Inner City Press was told to meet the sponsors at 2:30 pm in front of the UN to be signed in. Periscope video here….