Petition update

As NYT Covers UN Eviction of Inner City Press, UN Tries To Give ICP Office to Former UNCA President

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May 14, 2016 — While Inner City Press has been trying to get back to reporting as before at the UN, these updates have paused. But on May 13, Inner City Press was blocked from covering the UN Security Council, and on the same day a New York Times article came out (see and below).

The UN is trying to give Inner City Press' long time office to a former UN Correspondents Association president who asks no questions at all at the UN. That's what Ban Ki-moon and Cristina Gallach like, apparently, particularly when it comes their own involvement in the expanding John Ashe / Ng Lap Seng UN corruption scandal, with seven indictments and counting. Audit here New reporting here:

Inner City Press' fight for its office is all about access: without an office, it has been confined to a “non-resident correspondent pass” that does not open the turnstile to the UN Conference Building's second floor, where the Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council Chambers are, along with the Security Council.

On May 13, the non-turnstile door to the Security Council was locked during meetings about Lebanon and Liberia, and during a session about peacekeeper rapes, a topic Inner City Press has reported on it detail.

This week, even when begrudgingly accompanied by a staff member of the UN Spokesperson's office, UN Security refused to allow Inner City Press through. Inner City Press has been told not to ask questions of diplomats. This is censorship.

And so this petition remains needed. Inner City Press' office and Resident Correspondent accreditation must be restored. The named officials including Ban Ki-moon and Cristina Gallach must be made to live up to their stated claims about freedom of the press: the shared office and Resident Correspondent pass must be restored, immediately. Here are contacts: Ban's chief of staff Edmond Mulet: 212-963-8922;; Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson: 212-963-8010. Thanks for any and all assistance.


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