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After UN Evicts ICP, Spox Denies, Files Not Delivered to Bronx, Guards Harass ICP

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Apr 19, 2016 — After Inner City Press' longtime UN office was evicted on April 16, and five of 12 boxes of files simply dumped on First Avenue (as ICP was on February 19), on April 18 Inner City Press asked the UN spokesman, who denied what had happened

Meanwhile Inner City Press has filed this with the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit, and Ban's senior team:

"Following up on what I said on April 16 and was conveyed previously in writing, this is to inform you that long time UN-accredited media Inner City Press' long-time UN office (S-303) should not be given out. Another Resident Correspondent from Inner City Press can apply as soon as you say, pending full reinstatement."

So far, no formal response. UN April 18 transcript here:

Spokesman Dujarric: I will say, for the record, that your files were not moved out on First Avenue. From what I gather and from watching the live broadcast over the weekend, you refused to provide an address for them to be shipped.

Inner City Press: Because I don’t trust them.

Spokesman: Well, that’s… but that’s your choice.

Inner City Press: Why would I? Would you?

Spokesman: That’s your choice. I don’t want you to portray that they’ve been moved or thrown out.

Inner City Press: They were thrown out onto First Avenue. Ban Ki-moon…

Spokesman: I’ll come back to you.

In fact, even the files that the UN said it would deliver to The Bronx on April 18 have not arrived on that day. And between 6 and 7 pm on April 18, despite a Media Access "Guideline" saying even those with non-resident correspondent status can enter the UN up to 7 pm, an abusive UN guard targeted Inner City Press, apparently at Gallach's or Ban's instructions, claiming falsely that six pm is the cut off. This is today's UN. This petition, and more, is needed.

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