February 21, 2016

UN Censors Reporter For Asking Tough Questions

Title: At UN, Security Grabs ICP's Periscope Camera, Turns Off Stream Before Pushing ICP Out to Street. Source: InnerCity Press. Date Published: February 20, 2016. Description: 
UN Guards Grab ICP Laptop and ID Badge, Take Control of Press Files, VOA Laughs

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 20 -- The UN on February 19, after Inner City Press asked about UN inaction in South Sudan and Burundi and financial irregularities, was handed a letter to leave the UN by 5 pm. Letter here: http://www.innercitypress.com/UN1ejec...

While Inner City Press was writing up a UN Security Council meeting on Syria that went into the evening, eight UN Security officers led by Deputy Chief McNulty tore off Inner City Press' UN ID badge and grabbed Inner City Press' laptop and camera, returning these by throwing them on the sidewalk of First Avenue.

They did not allow Inner City Press to get coat or sweater, or the files in its office. No provision was made for this.

The ejection letter was signed by the Under Secretary General for Public Information Cristina Gallach of Spain but ultimately Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is in charge. Ban and his chief of staff Edmond Mulet and Deputy SG Jan Eliasson were all written to with details as this took place.

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