Inner City Press had been covering the United Nations for ten years, on issues from Sri Lanka to Libya to sexual abuse by UN Peacekeepers, when it began a series on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's links to the bribery scandal of John Ashe as President of the UN General Assembly, Macau-based businessman Ng Lap Seng and his fundees including South South News.
Suddenly everything changed.
At first, Inner City Press remained able to ask Ban Ki-moon questions, like at the UN Security Council stakeout in October 2015. But as more and more connections emerged, from Ban's presence for photo-ops with Ng Lap Seng to attendance at dubious events in the UN lobby, Inner City Press was cut off from questions. Ban Ki-moon's Under Secretary General for Public Information Cristina Gallach, who had approved at least two of the dubious events and had attended and spoken at Ng Lap Seng's South South Awards, declined to answer questions about it.
After Inner City Press on January 29, 2016, sought to cover an event in the UN Press Briefing Room by a group which had taken money from Ng's South South News and given his photo-ops with the Bans at its fundraiser at Cipriani's on 42nd Street - an event that was nowhere listed as “closed” -- Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric ordered Inner City Press out of the Press Briefing Room.
Three weeks later, Gallach had delivered to Inner City Press an ouster order telling it to leave the UN in two hours. The order was enforced by eight UN Security officials, who tore off Inner City Press' UN media accreditation card, pushed its Matthew Russell Lee down the UN escalator andt out onto First Avenue, throwing his laptop in a bag down on the sidewalk.
The First Amendment, it had become clear, ends on First Avenue.
Inner City Press was told it was Banned from all UN premises worldwide. The issue was raised to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Inner City Press, returned on a more limited pass and confined to Ban Ki-moon “minders,” continued and continues to pursue the story of UN corruption, and malfeasance and negligence from bringing cholera to Haiti to inaction in Burundi and Western Sahara to Ban Ki-moon dropping Saudi Arabia from the Yemen Children and Armed Conflict annex, for money.
As of August 2016, as Ban Ki-moon coyly prepared to try to run for president of South Korea, Inner City Press exposed that Ban's coordinator on sexual abuse issues was also on the board of directors of Union Pacific, paying $250,000 a year, and that Ban's adviser Han Seung-soo was also on the board of directors of South Korean firm Doosan Infracore, which appears in the UN Procurement database as doing business with the UN. To be continued. www.InnerCityPress.com and www.FUNCA.info
August 8, 2016
Banning the Press: Corruption in Ban Ki-moon's UN, Ashe & Ng, Yemen & Haiti, LKA & Bdi
Video Title: Banning the Press: Corruption in Ban Ki-moon's UN, Ashe & Ng, Yemen & Haiti, LKA & Bdi. Source: InnerCity Press. Date Published: August 8, 2016. Description: