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UN Further Limits Access for General Assembly Week, Slows Down Wi-Fi, UN Censorship Alliance

By InnerCity Press - Fri Sep 08, 3:48 pm



UNITED NATIONS, September 8 – The UN will limit access passes during UN General Assembly week to what it calls “resident correspondents,” many of whom rarely even come into the UN, some whom have never asked any questions. Meanwhile the investigative Press asking the UN every day about Cameroon, Sri Lanka and UN corruption, will be banned from the passes. 
An UNnamed UN speaker in what was declared a background briefing not made available to media coming to cover the GA week told Inner City Press that while it is not a “resident correspondent” – it was evicted while covering the Ng Lap Seng / John Ashe corruption scandal – it could perhaps stakeout for example the Yemen meeting, but only with an “escort.” 
That is a UN minder, some of whom ask Inner City Press who it is trying to speak to. This is UNacceptable, the Free UN Coalition for Accesssays, as it the weakened wi-fi and lack of LAN lines for any but the insider correspondents of UNCA. The UNnamed speaker said that the limitation of the access passes was agreed to, or requested by, UN Security and this UNCA (UN Correspondents Association a/k/a UN Censorship Alliance). It was for seeking to cover this group’s event in the UN Press Briefing Room, presumptively open to all journalists, to see if they would address having received funds from then indict, now convicted Ng Lap Seng that Inner City Press was evicted and still restricted. We’ll have more on this, and access issues before, during and after #UNGA72. 
they have been asked, for reforms. 
When UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres gave a speech to honor fallen UN staff on September 8, he took the opportunity to say that if the sacrifices of UN staff were known by unnamed UN critics, they wouldn’t say what they do….

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