Press Access at UN Should Be Restored by New SG Guterres, Ongoing Restrictions Must Now Be Reversed
Jan 2, 2017 — As Ban Ki-moon left the United Nations at the end of 2016, intent on running for the Presidency of South Korea and having shown himself willing to evict, censors and restrict the Press which asked him uncomfortable questions, a new Secretary General became responsible for the UN: Antonio Guterres.
Inner City Press even under restrictions closely covered the selection process that picked Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and head of the UN's refugee agency, in which capacity Inner City Press questioned him about the IMF's and World Bank's non-help to refugee-hosting countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Nigeria. Video here: https://youtu.be/f8re3OWgXGY
Guterres faces substantive tests, from Yemen to Burundi, Myanmar to Western Sahara. He need to hear about those, and this. Even still under the targeted restrictions imposed in the final ten months of Ban Ki-moon's tenure, Inner City Press will cover these and all other UN issues.
Guterres has said it will take him some time to choose his own officials, meaning that as he officially became Secretary General on January 1, he still had Ban Ki-moon's Under Secretaries General Herve Ladsous for Peacekeeping and Cristina Gallach, who signed the letters ousting and evicting Inner City Press, for Communications and “Public Information.” How long will this last? See www.InnerCityPress.com
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