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At UN, DPI Prejudice Against
Bello Wiffs on
Haiti and Roma
Matthew Russell Lee
April 21 – The UN which evicted Inner City Press
14 months ago after it sought to covering UN
corruption in the UN Press Briefing Room has on
April 20 responded
that it is fine to continue to confine it to
minders, while giving much more access to pro-UN
or state media like Akhbar al Yom and others
which never ask questions, or challenge
incompetence. This mendacious answer continued,
by default, at an event in the UN Bookstore on
April 21, video
Matthew Russell Lee
April 13 – The UN, demonstrating hypocrisy on
both press freedom and transparency, evicted
Inner City Press as it covered UN corruption in
the Ng Lap Seng bribery case and restricts it
even now, after the evicting official is gone
from the UN's unaccountable Department of Public
Information. A formal request
for reversal, below, was filed 13 days ago. So
far only a Kafka-esque one line response,
followed by an accusation by the UN's lead
spokesman Stephane Dujarric that Inner City
Press' criticism of the UN and some of its
officials is "harassment." Video
here. When Dujarric was in charge of media
accreditation at the UN, he summoned Inner City
Press about a mere tweet, here.
This, then, is censorship. And those who took
over accreditation after Dujarric, in what's
being revealed as the DPI of UN bribery indicted
Ng Lap Seng can't even explain the basis of
minders and metal detectors for Inner City Press
while, for example, Egyptian state media Akhbar
al Yom was nowhere to be seen, hasn't asked a
single question in ten months. The
UN is Corrupt - we'll have more on this.
Having no response other than a forward to yet
more UN DPI officials, Inner City Press asked
and was told, Didn't [a particular] DPI official
talk to you? Well, no.
The fight for
freedom of the
the Bronx has
At UN, Formal Request Made To End Restrictions on Press, Is Officer in Charge, In Charge?
Matthew Russell Lee
April 5 – The UN, demonstrating hypocrisy on
both press freedom and transparency, evicted
Inner City Press as it covered UN corruption in
the Ng Lap Seng bribery case and restricts it
even now, after the evicting official is gone.
(A formal request for reversal, below, as been
filed). After the UN's head of Communications
Cristina Gallach was given a strange farewell
toast on March 30, the UN told Inner City Press
that the "position will be filled by
an Officer-in-Charge... while
the process to find a new
Public Information continues."
April 3, Inner City Press
wrote to this Officer in
Charge, who copied the
request to several others to
hundred and five days ago, without any hearing or
opportunity to be heard, I was ordered out of the
United Nations for having sought to covering a
meeting in the UN Press Briefing Room that was
nowhere listed as closed to some journalists and not
others. Inner City Press, still without any hearing
and no appeal since, was then evicted from its
shared office S-303 which has sat largely unused
since. I have been forced, for more than a year, to
only enter through the metal detectors at the
Visitors Entrance, and my pass has not worked on the
second floor turnstile, precluding me from covering
events on the second floor as other correspondents
could. There are other restrictions and double
standards, hindering reporting, of which DPI has
been made aware.
Yesterday was the last day atop DPI for the official who without speaking to me once signed the February 19, 2016 letter, and for the April 2016 eviction. The Deputy Spokesperson told me yesterday, in a noon briefing where I asked six questions (earlier the week there was a noon briefing where from the entire rest of the accredited press corps there were only three questioners), I was told that you are the Officer in Charge of DPI. In that capacity, this is a formal request that Inner City Press be restored to the office it was ousted from without due process... and that I be restored to Resident Correspondent accreditation immediately... I also incorporate this link to the Special Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression and Human Rights Defenders letter: and, again, this petition."Days later, no ruling, attempted jokes while Inner City Press worked to write up the Syria UN Security Council meeting from a bench in the UN lobby. We'll have more on this.
In early 2016, covering the UN corruption
scandals which have resulted in two sets of
indictments for bribery involving the UN, Inner
City Press was ordered to leave the UN Press
Briefing Room by then Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Gentrification watch: Treetop Development has announced plans for a $160 million, dual-tower development in the South Bronx. The 12-story rental towers will be part of a mixed-use project of roughly 360,000 square feet. The developer is also planning a 260,000-square-foot residential project with retail on the ground floor, as well as a 100,000-square-foot rental development, nearby....
There's a fight-back against closing Junior High School 145 in Morrisania. In the 2015-2016 school year, only eight percent of students at JHS 145 passed state reading exams, and only three percent passed state math tests....
The (lack of)
the Bronx was
down to the D
and after the
March 13, 2017
for the future
Ave. and 2401
When an Amber
alert went off
all over New
Blvd. in the
section of the
Bronx — about
53 miles from
spotted in the
area, and his
February 20, 2017
Slumlord or vivero? "details are being released about the victims who contracted a rare disease transmitted by rat urine, including a link to a Bronx business just a block away from the building that has become the main target of both tenants and the city. In the last two months, three people along a single block have contracted leptospirosis, a rare bacterial infection. Two of the victims, including one man in his 30s who died last year, at one point worked at a nearby live poultry shop."
St. Ann School
and St. Mary
on the Upper
West Side and
Peter and Paul
will turn into
the Bronx Post
with new boxes
the safety of
mail and are
pleased to see
them taking a
have not been
the Bronx Post
give us a
timeline as to
when these new
We represent a large constituency of people who are elderly and living in apartment buildings that are not easily accessible to our local post office branches. These people rely on the mailboxes on their block to pay their bills and send their correspondences. After more than 2 months of these mailboxes missing, we find it completely unacceptable that the Bronx Post Office still has not replaced them and cannot give us an answer as to when, if ever, they will all be replaced.
We would appreciate it if your office would look into this matter immediately and provide any possible assistance to help resolve the problem. The USPS should also consider dispatching mobile collection units in the affected communities as a temporary measure."
- and ex-Rep
Matthew Russell Lee
NATIONS, January 21 – UN system officials told
their staff not to attend the "Global Women's
March" on Saturday, January 21. From the NYC
I and II,
Inner City Press asked, the directive was
reversed - then reinstated at 6 pm the night
before the march. Below is UN email first
published by Inner City Press. Meanwhile senior
UN officials like Under Secretary General
Cristina Gallach violate the stated UN rules.
Below is an email from the UN World Food
After Inner City Press published and Periscoped
about it and asked four WFP spokespeople about
it, by email and phone, UN deputy spokesman
Farhan Haq at the January 20 noon briefing
answered Inner City Press that WFP's Ertharin
Cousin, from Chicago, reversed her agency's
Ethics Officer and said staff can march. YouTube
then just before 6 pm on January 20, the eve of
the March, another UN "Broadcast" email went
out, further muddying the waters before the
Women's March and showing again that Cristina
Gallach (and some other USGs) have violated the
UN's rules. That email is below; here are the
questions Inner City Press has submitted to the
UN's top three spokespeople for clarification:
are two Press questions asked before the Women's
March (in DC, and in front of the UN, as well as
elsewhere) starts, in light of the unsigned,
unclear Ethics Office broadcast email below sent
out yesterday evening after, and contradicting,
the answer given to my question at the noon
briefing about the UN's position on the March.
Given that, and many questions Inner City Press has received from confused (and angry) UN staff - and the unprecedented request for the extradition of the just-former Secretary General's brother - these questions should be responded to immediately:
Who is responsible for the Ethics Office broadcast email below? Is Elia Armstrong still the head of / involved in the Ethics Office?
Why is it unsigned? Who is accountable for it? Was it cleared with the Office of Legal Affairs? Are there two different instructions for Secretariat staff and Ertharin Cousin's WFP staff?
Separately, please comment on the US government formal request to South Korea to extradite Ban Ki Sang, and again, was the UN ever contacted by prosecutors about Ban Ki-moon or his family members?
There are still the majority of the questions below [only two and a half of 22 have been answered.] On deadline." Watch this site.
UN's 6 pm, January 20 email:
OAH, DPKO, UN Funds Programs & Tribunals, HQ
Date: 01/20/2017 05:57PM
Subject: Message from the Ethics Office: Public Pronouncements and Political Activities
Recently, there have been a number of questions regarding public pronouncements including participating in political activities and social media discussions. The questions include participation in tomorrow’s Women’s March on Washington. Are such activities in line with our status as international civil servants?
In this respect, we would like to remind staff of their obligations as international civil servants.
The private activities of UN staff members must remain within the limits of the Organization’s core values as reflected in Staff Regulation 1.2 and Staff Rule 1.2. While the Organization respects the inviolability of your personal views and convictions, including your political and religious convictions, as well as your right to freedom of expression, we must ensure that the expression of those views and convictions do not adversely reflect on our status, or on the integrity, independence and impartiality that are required by that status.
As international civil servants, we are called upon to uphold and respect the principles set out in the Charter, including faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women. Nonetheless, as international civil servants, our Standards of Conduct (para 9 and 33) make clear that we do not have the freedom of private persons to take sides or to express our beliefs publicly on sensitive political matters, either individually or as members of a group nor can we criticize or try to discredit a Government.
Public pronouncements, which could have an impact on our independence and impartiality as international civil servants, come in many forms including but not limited to:
-social media activity:
Accordingly, participating in certain activities, especially those with political overtones, may be viewed as incompatible with our status as international civil servants."
Power of Ban
By Matthew Russell Lee
NATIONS, January 13 – There are those in the UN
who like Samantha Power for what they think she
stands for. By the same token, Power and the
Obama administration were unrelentingly
defenders of the UN for what they said it stood
for. But were either right?
On January 13 Samantha Power took up the UN
Press Briefing Room for more than an hour to
extol her and Obama's virtues. Her outgoing
spokesman called early on two US Voice of
questions, Inner City Press asked, What about
the indictment of Ban Ki-moon's brother and
Power looked over and said, “I don't have any
comment. It's not something that involves the
Well, no. The indictment by the US Attorney's
Office says Ban's nephew repeatedly cited his
family's access to the Amir of Qatar to help
selling a building in Vietnam. Ban knew of this
for at least a year and a half. Any UN OIOS
investigation? But Samantha Power was never
about reforming the UN.
Inner City Press asked, What about Haiti
cholera? Power smirked / shrugged, and her
spokesman moved on. So the UN bringing cholera
to Haiti and killing 10,000 people, not paying a
penny - that "is not something that involves the
UN?" We'll have more on this.
ICP asked @AmbassadorPower about indictment Ban Ki-moon's family. She: doesn't “involve UN.” Smirked at UN's #Haiti cholera pic.twitter.com/VwjH9rVMxT— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) January 14, 2017
When the UN killed 10,000 plus people in Haiti by bringing cholera, what did the Obama administration do? The issue wasn't even mentioned in Power's 8000 plus word Exit Memo. Nor was Burundi or Yemen, where US-made cluster bombs have been dropped on schools and hospitals. A problem from hell, indeed.
Power and her Deputy Permanent Representative
for Management and Reform Isobel Coleman have
said nothing about the indictment for bribery of
Ban Ki-moon's brother and nephew for using the
UN, nor about the John Ashe / Ng Lap Seng UN
briefing case about to come to trial.
what will be
impacts of the
South Korea a
So Ban Ki-moon
ball, one last
on New Year's
UN to Run For
S Korea Prez
As Early at
Russell Lee, Seventeenth in a Series
NATIONS, December 31 -- In the final
days of Ban Ki-moon's decade as UN
Secretary General, covering up
genocides in Sri
the Press which asked about (t)his
corruption, Inner City Press is
reviewing Ban's end, year by year. See
Ban misspoke about his history in Sri
Lanka, the mass killing in which he
ignored to attend his son Woo-hyun's
wedding, and where his
son in law Siddharth Chatterjee had
previously played an active, killing
would later evict
and still restrict Inner City Press,
in 2009 his strategy was to get it
removed from Google News - and it
happened (though it was later
reversed). Here's Inner City Press' report from
June 3, 2009.
now Ban threatens
to sue, for ambition.
Ban hyped up his appearance in Times Square - where he only stood with De Blasio like a sidekick, waving inanely and promoting a corporation, Planet Fitness. It was a fit ending.
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used to store
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and Land Use:
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The site also
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have more on
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, December 17 -- Outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon headlined a $1200 a ticket event on Wall Street on Friday night.
Inner City Press went to cover the event, and while live-streaming Periscope video outside was physically attacked by thugs exiting the UN event. Video here. This is what the UN has come to.
Shortly before, Inner City Press spoke with Ban Ki-moon, now Antonio Guterres official Kyung-wha Kang. She said, of Inner City Press' eviction from the UN and nine months and counting of minders, “There must be a process.” But there is no process, no rule, no appeal right. And, it is now confirmed, there are thugs.
Call it, now, the Dark Side of the Moon (music).
Outgoing Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, who has received a petition on the matter, to his credit came over and greeted Inner City Press -- before the attack. Representatives of the US Mission to the UN, who did nothing about the earlier eviction despite a request by the Government Accountability Project, did not.
Not seen was UN Under Secretary General Cristina Gallach, who by her no due process eviction, audio here, and allowing UNCA chief Pioli to at the televised UN Security Council stakeout call Inner City Press a*hole, audio here, created this atmosphere.
But where is the Committee to Protect Journalists, ostensibly now concerned about press freedom inside the terroritorial United States?
Where is Human Rights Watch, whose UN representative in fact tried to get Inner City Press thrown out of the UN, here, then got Google to censor from Search his request, misusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act? The only solution is, at a minimum, to restore Inner City Press to where it was before the no due process eviction. Then to work from there. Watch this site.December 12, 2016
UN, ICP Asks
Ban's Spox of
NATIONS, December 7 -- When Mayor Bill
de Blasio's Commissioner for
International Affairs Penny
questions about the United
Nations' impact on New York City, she
answered Inner City Press' question
about Legionaires disease by saying
the UN works with the City to comply
with applicable local laws.
7, Inner City Press asked the UN's
deputy spokesman if this compliance
extends to the US First Amendment and
due process guarantes, both of which
Abeywardena's co-panelist Cristina
Gallach of the UN appears ot have
the UN transcript:
Spokesman: I would refer you back to
what Penny Abeywardena said yesterday
in her role as the New York City
Commissioner for International Affairs
about the more than $3.3 billion, I
believe it was…
Press: I asked her whether the UN is
subject to New York City health rules
like on Legionnaires' disease and on
self-inspection, and she sort of said,
oh, we work very closely, the UN
basically kind of philosophically
accepts all of these things even if
it's not legally required.
So I'd wanted to know, one, things like the First Amendment, as to the freedom of the press or due process, is there… can you say that the UN is… is… is accepting, in the same way she described as Legionnaires' disease and health regulations, of freedom of the press and due process provisions of its host country?
Deputy Spokesman: It's not about the laws of the host country. Of course, the UN also upholds the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and as you know, that includes the freedom of the media, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and many other key rights.
how could the UN's Gallach order Inner
City Press out of the UN, for seeking
to cover an event in the UN Press
Briefing Room, without once speaking
to it - i.e. providing any due process
at the time, with no right to appeal
in the nine months since?
to by the UN's own Special
Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression
and Human Rights Defenders and,
after a three month day, misled
them about a non-existent
"altercation." The UN and
Gallach do not comply with
December 6, there was an initial joke
about parking tickets, as if that
would be the extent of issues New
Yorkers might care about.
But while the City's study enumerates people directly employed by the UN Community, their lack of labor and other rights due to immunity was not acknowledged in the study.
Inner City Press covers both the UN
and its headquarters city, New York,
and routinely receives complaints from
diplomats' domestic workers and
drivers about work place abuse and
lack of benefits, and the lack of any
recourse. Due to immunity, not only
defrauded workers but those subject to
physical abuse are left without
Inner City Press asked Abeywardena
what the de Blasio administration
proposes to do about that - for
example, diplomat Joachim Haubrichs punched
his wife Henna Johnson, 35, in the
face and was not subject to arrest
at all. Abeywardena said, in
essence, that Johnson could get
What about the UN having brought cholera to Haiti and killed 10,000 people, leaving sorrow and economic harm in many New York City communities - does the de Blasio administration have a position on that? Abeywardena did not answer, leaving the question for the UN moderator Cristina Gallach.
as mentioned even in the New York
Times, is responsible for the
ouster and eviction of the
investigative Press from the UN, and
its confinement to minders to cover
events on the UN's second floor for
the past nine months and for the
Gallach is giving Inner City Press' longtime shared UN office to an Egyptian state media, Akhbar al Yom, which rarely comes into the UN and never asks any questions.
@globalnyc @PAbeywardena at UN presser; ICP has questions on security, impunity, UN censorship: https://t.co/bDyNnnlkgW pic.twitter.com/bFkuOA5DF9— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) December 6, 2016
Abeywardena answered Inner City Press'
second round of questions by saying
the City works with the UN on such
issues as testing for Legionnaires
Disease - something legally required
for (other) buildings in New
whether the City administration is
doing or should do anything to ensure
that the UN lives up to the basic
principles, applicable right outside
the UN's gates, of press freedom and
pretext for throwing Inner City Press
out and restricting it since was Inner
City Press' attempt to cover an event
in the same UN Press Briefing Room on
January 29, as part of its coverage of
the ongoing Ng Lap Seng UN bribery
case set for trial in the US District
Court for the Southern District of New
York in January 2017.
Press left the briefing room - which
had no “closed” sign on it - as soon
as a single UN Security officer said
to, at the request of UN spokesman Stephane
Dujarric. But three weeks later,
without once speaking with Inner City
ordered it out on two hours
Island - and
City fall out:
Ban Ki-moon NYU Speech Has Prerequisites While $100,000 Speech Withheld
Russell Lee, Follow
Up on Exclusives
NATIONS, November 18 -- As
Ban Ki-moon's time at the
UN winds down and he prepares
coyly to run for
President in South
Korea, his packaging of
his legacy has become a
vanity amateur operation,
is now even worse that we
thought. While Ban Ki-moon
on October 14 gave a
speech in Washington DC
for which $100,000
sponsorships were sought
but a copy of which was
never released, now for a
speech at New York
University, an Inner City
Press request, twice, to
cover it has been
are, it seems,
prerequisites to cover
this Ban Ki-moon speech.
The solicitation stated:
his final weeks as UN
will deliver a keynote
address [at] NYU School of
(NYUSPS) Center for Global
Affairs (CGA)... If you
are a member of the press
who wishes to cover it,
please contact Cheryl
And so, covering Ban
Ki-moon closely, and his
promoted son in law at the
UN in Kenya, and brother
Ki-ho mining in Myanmar,
Inner City Press wrote to
NYU's Feliciano: "Hi, I
cover the UN and would
like to cover Ban
Ki-moon's Nov 22 speech.
This is my RSVP. Please
But what came back was a
strange request: "Hi
Matthew, Do you have an
official UN press
Inner City Press replied,
cc-ing the Free UN
Coalition for Access
(FUNCA), that "I do. But
why would that be a
prerequisite to cover a
speech by Ban Ki-moon not
inside the UN? Please let
It is particularly strange
given that in Washington,
at least on October 14,
for nothing but money one
could hear Ban Ki-moon
NYU's response came from
its director of Media
prereq. Is NYPD press
Creds or UN press creds.
Security being what it is,
these are the ONLY
acceptable forms of I.D.
for journalists. If you
are on assignment, please
have you editor email us
to this effect."
That is, yet another prerequisite to hear this sure to be groundbreaking speech by Ban "$100,000" Ki-moon... Other attendees include Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu and Kim Won-soo a/k/a Ban's Brain or now, shaman. To this has the end of the Ban Ki-moon era at the UN sunk.November 14, 2016
In The Bronx, it seems on November 8 in Assembly District 84, ED 79 (Mott Haven-Port Morris) only 2 votes were cast: 1 for Clinton and 1 for Trump...November 7, 2016
Call it read-lining: Barnes & Noble is closing its store in The Bronx...
17 percent to
Nearby in Mott
70 percent to
On the killing of Deborah Danner, where is the UN and its human rights Special Rapporteurs?
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Old school: "The papers were apparently left by workers at the Langston Hughes Young Explorers Academy, also called PS 236. They are from the 2007-2008 school year, but many contain up to date addresses and phone numbers of students and parents, and potentially embarrassing medical information along with social security numbers."
City Press /
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Comfortable? In the the New York City MSA in 2014, the most recent year for which Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data is publicly available, People's United made 82 home purchase loans to whites and NONE to African Americans or Latinos. That's NONE. We'll have more on this.
for the Bronx
and Queens and
has filed: "
in the the New York City MSA in 2014, the most recent year for which Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data is publicly available, People's United made 82 home purchase loans to whites and NONE to African Americans or Latinos. This is redlining; this proposed acquisition could not legitimately be approved and People's United should be referred for prosecution for redlining by the Department of Justice and CFPB.
For refinance loans in the New York City MSA in 2013, People's United made 24 loans to whites, 1 to an African American and four to Hispanics. For home improvement loans in the New York City MSA in 2013, People's United made eight loans to whites, and NONE to African Americans or Latinos."
relief - and
standing - in
So an 8-story building will replace the church at 1017 Home Street... We remember when they tore down 975-981 Home Street... The History Channel billboard is out, iHeart radio is in. With heart?
Gentrification proceeds: Developer Keith Rubenstein of Somerset Partners has purchased a 16,000-square-foot warehouse at 9 Bruckner Boulevard for $7.5 million and says he intends to create a "Gansevoort Market-style food hall called Bruckner Market." We'll see...
Is Banned From Covering UN HLPF, Ban
Says That's How Security Works
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, July 22 -- When Inner City Press went to cover the UN conclusion of the High Level Political Forum on July 20, it was told by a UN Security official it could only do so with an escort, or minder, from UN Media Accreditation. There was no one in that office - but when the supervisor of it asked the UN Security official to let Inner City Press through the turnstile, he said only if someone stayed with Inner City Press the whole time -- that is, a minder. The supervisor could not. And that was it: censorship.
On July 22, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman Farhan Haq why the Press was Banned, Video here, UN Transcript here:
Inner City Press: I wanted to ask a media access question and it doesn’t only… it would presumably impact the majority of journalists being accredited here. There was a meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) on Wednesday and it was listed in the journal as concluding at 6:30 to 7:00, so I went to cover it but was unable to stake it out and speak to anyone, because there was no one in MALU (Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit) and the guards refused to let me through the turnstile, which I want to clarify to you… which doesn't work for green ‘P’ passes, which is the majority of what the journalists have here. So I wanted to know, it's not a question of beating up on MALU for not being present at 6:30, although the meeting was listed, but what can be done? What is the policy? Does this mean the majority of journalists can't stake out such meetings, or should there be a policy, when there is an official meeting at that level at 6:30 that the journalists can go through and speak to diplomats about it?
Deputy Spokesman: Well, we certainly try to make sure that access is there for all meeting and MALU tries… you know, the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit tries to be present as much as it can. Obviously, for later scheduled meetings, it's hard to have escorts for all of these, but we have been in touch with the media accreditation people and they have assured us of their constant efforts to try and be there as escorts for you. And with that…
ICP Question: Why don’t you tell security to let people through? If there is no escort you can't cover it.
Deputy Spokesman: No. That is not how security works.
That's not how BAN's security and minder work...
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, July 15 -- Like many independent media, Inner City Press publishes its coverage not only on its website but on a number of third party platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Scribd and SoundCloud. YouTube is owned by Google, and like its parent allows publishes to monetize their material with advertisements.
But do YouTube and Google behind it engage in censorship?
This week, in the midst of Inner City Press' fight against the eviction of its shared office in the United Nations while it is asking questions about the Ng Lap Seng UN bribery case as relates not only to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon but also Under Secretary General for Communications Cristina Gallach, Inner City Press received emails from YouTube that its videos could no longer be monetized.
The emails said “We didn't approve your video(s) for monetization because the content in your video(s) or video details may not be advertiser-friendly.... Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown... We depend on our user community to flag inappropriate videos to us for our review.”
But they are video of questions and answers (sometimes) at the UN, of protests in the streets of New York, etc. Inner City Press has written, more than 24 hours ago, from to Monetization then to Press [at] YouTube.com:
“The videos you are saying are “not advertiser-friendly” are videos of media questions and answers with United Nations spokespeople and diplomats. They are news. The message sent yesterday and today said “you can request an additional review below” - this is a request for review. Look at the videos: they are Q&As in the UN Press Briefing Room.
This is also a request to be informed if it was any complaint to YouTube / Google which triggered this denial of monetization, and if so if it came from the UN or any[one else.]
I note that Reuters, got one of its anti-Press emails to the UN banned from Google Search with a frivolous DMCA filing: https://www.chillingeffects.org/notices/1457339# now [HRW] https://lumendatabase.org/notices/1457339#
Please confirm receipt and review the above and restore monetization, answering the question. Google and YouTube should not be involved in any form of censorship, including the denial of monetization of news footage.
Here are some of the video now denied monetization:
Asked UN About
Matthew Russell Lee
NATIONS, July 8 --
After the police killings in
the U.S. of Philando
Castile outside St. Paul,
Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, the UN
said nothing. So Inner City
Press on July 7 asked UN
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric
about the killings, and
pattern. And on July 8, more
came from the UN in Geneva.
Here's the July 7
City Press: a US question.
Over the holiday or in the last
48 hours. two African-Americans
have been, in a very
high-profile way, killed,
Philando Castile in Minnesota
and Alton Sterling in
Louisiana. One was
captured on film, the whole
incident. And I wanted to
know, although these might seem
to be disparate incidents, does
the… what does the
Secretary-General think, if the
United States has enough
protections for particularly
members of minority or other
groups… being shot by the
Spokesman: First of all, our condolences go to the families of the victims involved in both shootings. I think anybody who’s seen the videos, they are extremely disturbing, to say the least, and we would hope that each of these cases are investigated thoroughly in order to find out what happened and also to establish if there is, in fact, any pattern.
the UN in Geneva on July 8:
rights expert Ricardo A. Sunga
III, who currently Chairs the
United Nations Working Group of
Experts on People of African
Descent, issued the following
statement after this week’s
deaths of Philando Castile in
Minnesota and Alton Sterling in
Louisiana at the hands of the
police, and Thursday’s killing
of five police officers in
“The Working Group is outraged and strongly condemns the new police killings of two African- American men. These killings which were captured on video cannot be ignored. We call for prompt independent investigations to ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.
We also condemn the attacks on police officers in Dallas and call for the perpetrators to be held accountable.
Excessive use of force by the police against African Americans in the United States is a regular occurrence. African Americans are reportedly shot at more than twice the rate of white people.
The Working Group is monitoring the situation and has repeatedly expressed its concern to the United States Government about police killings of African Americans and called for justice. The Working Group is convinced that the root of the problem lies in the lack of accountability for perpetrators of such killings despite the evidence.
The killings also demonstrate a high level of structural and institutional racism. The United States is far from recognizing the same rights for all its citizens. Existing measures to address racist crimes motivated by prejudice are insufficient and have failed to stop the killings.
It is time, now, for the US Government to strongly assert that Black lives matter and prevent any further killings as a matter of national priority.”
When the US State Department belatedly bragged on July 6 of some victories at the UN Human Rights Council's 32nd session which ended or was suspended on July 1, it did not mention Burundi or Sri Lanka, much less an attack on freedom of expression not only at but by the UN, on which it had done nothing but UN Special Rapporteurs David Kaye and Michel Forst had inquired with the UN.
Of course among the myriad of
issues, victories can be pointed
at. State Department humble-brag
here. But what about
Burundi, on which the US has been
reduced to calling for inclusive
talks, now postponed, while the UN
continues to pay Pierre Nkurunziza
for troops in Central African
Republic who are accused of rape?
On Yemen where the US stood silent
while its partner Saudi Arabia
paid to get its way off the UN's
Children and Armed Conflict
blacklist? Where is the follow
through on Sri Lanka? On freedom
like: "July 10
Kool Herc at 7
the rug out:
& Home is
outlet in The
will be laid
off and some
according to a
filed with the
of Labor. ABC
said it was no
of the attack
16 on his way
the mosque on
McGraw Ave. in
we agree with:
back the rent.
Bronx Museum of Art
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456
through July 3
on 600 East
Work Plan for
by Zola Garage
Corp. in 1927
to 1940. By
1935, a garage
with 120 car
located on the
portion of the
also contained two
storage and a
located in the
1940 to 1947;
- 1951; and
Inc., 1956 -
1965. In 1965,
Corp. was located
Ugh: for 221
has decided to
Can you say,
The Way To
Seyi Adebanjo - Director/Producer/Editor
Yoruba Richen - Executive Producer
The Girls of Daraja
Film 1: Girls of Daraja
Film 3: Daraja Girls: Powerful Beyond Measure
Barbara Rick - Director/Producer
Deborah Santana - Executive Producer
Friday, May 27th, 2016
at The Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
praise of gentrification:
16, 5 - 8 PM:
of Art, Lower
the Bronx is
April 18, 2016
(back) to the
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, April 16 -- Contrary to what the UN says about freedom of the press, and despite a petition signed by 1300 people and opposition from the Government Accountability Project and several Permanent Representatives at the UN and members of Congress in DC, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on April 16 threw five boxes of Inner City Press' journalistic files out onto First Avenue. Photo here; video here.
This followed eight of Ban's guards, at the direction of his "Public Information" chief Cristina Gallach, physically throwing Inner City Press onto First Avenue, and its laptop on the sidewalk, on February 19. Audio here.
In the case of Gallach and ultimately Ban Ki-moon, this is retaliation for Inner City Press' critical coverage of the UN including each's involvement in the bribery scandal which so far was resulted in four guilty pleas.
As the UN bribery scandal gathered force Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an audit by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services of the Global Sustainability Foundation (GSF), David Ng Lap Seng's Sun Kian Ip Group and its affiliates including the "World Harmony Foundation" and South South News, among others.
The audit, completed early this year but first put online by Inner City Press, directly criticizes Cristina Gallach, the Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, for example in Paragraphs 20(b) and 37-40. She should have recused herself.
Instead Gallach has ordered the search and eviction of Inner City Press' files, on April 16. She has misrepresented it to UN Ambassadors of major countries including South Africa and to Nobel Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta.
She and / or Ban Ki-moon above her are so intent on permanently restriction Inner City Press' ability to cover corruption at the UN that they had there functionary head of MALU write to Inner City Press at 1:30 AM on the morning of the eviction, limiting the Press' ability to document the seizure of its files:
From: Tal Mekel at UN.org
Date: Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 1:30 AM
Subject: Saturday access
Access on Saturday is 'exceptional' in nature (as Green Ps do not have access to UNHQ on weekends save for an official event being convened e/g. emergency SC meeting) and is solely for the purpose of over sighting the removal of your belongings.
You may bring with you one (1) individual, again on a exceptional basis.
Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit
United Nations - S-250
New York, NY 10017
So at the Apollo Theater on April 11, Bernie Sanders said, we don't need to see 1 in 4 kids in the South Bronx have asthma... No, we don't.
20,000 people in St.
doing nothing on this:
ICP from UN to the
March 28, 2016
"Among those deals was
$6M pickup of a
development site at
121-129 East 144th St
that’s zoned for up to
91k BSF if affordable
housing is included in
the plans. Vic was on
the team that repped
the seller on that
Rise Up For
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, March 17 -- With the UN embroiled in a corruption scandal, a guilty plea entered in the Southern District of New York on March 16 for bribery in the UN, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke at Lehman College in The Bronx on March 17.
Many of the claims Ban made were false or incomplete. He repeatedly claimed credit for unprecedented hiring and high placement of women. But only the day before in the UN Press Briefing Room his spokesman Stephane Dujarric threw Inner City Press out of, Ban was criticized for his male envoys on Syria, Libya and Yemen.
The UN used to have a female chief of staff and a female Deputy Secretary General; both position are now held by men.
Ban told those at Lehman they should demand sustainable products. But in Ban's UN, the same day Dujarric threw Inner City Press out of the Press Briefing Room, Inner City Press showed Ban's climate adviser that the recycling on the UN's press floor is false.
Though the top of the garbage can says Cans, Paper and Waste, it all goes into the same bag, right in front of the UN Correspondents Association Ban partners with.
Ban made a few ham-handed references to The Bronx, the cliches about the Yankees and about "new restaurants" on Arthur Avenue. He did not, it goes without saying, address his Under Secretary General for Public Information having throw out Inner City Press, Banned it from its long time office and cut its accreditation and access.
Inner City Press expected that Ban would take questions, as he did in a recent appearance in London, for example. But an inquiry with Media Relations at Lehman College yielded that there will be no press opportunities. Then a few canned and pre-screened questions were "asked."
When Inner City Press asked on Twitter, Why not, one of the anti-Press troll accounts set up since Ban's UN ousted Inner City Press on February 19 came to Ban's defense, that it's lecture, no reason for Q&A. Really? Is The Bronx less worthy than London? Is there not more interest in Ban, given Frank Lorenzo's guilty plea on March 16?
Ban not know it (yet), but the person he gave the UN's top Communications job to has so blatantly engaged in censorship and retaliation that the chickens, as they say, are ever closer to coming home to roost. Watch this site.
March 14, 2016
Commish Vicki Bee will
speak in the South
Bronx, 555 Bergen Ave,
on Wednesday, March
16, 2016. We'll see...
like: South Bronx Love
Letter will take place
from 6 to 8 p.m. on
March 12 at 1303 Louis
names we like:
"Recognizing the Bronx
block that houses 1520
Sedgwick Avenue as
'Hip Hop Boulevard'
and hometown pride for
the artistic and
that DJ Kool Herc,
Cindy Campbell, the
it say when a
tacqueria is forced to
close due to high
rents in the South
Bronx, only to reopen
"Denisse Lina Chavez, Pueblan champion of central-Mexican cooking at El Atoradero (708 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn), is definitely not in the South Bronx anymore. Having been forced to close Carnitas El Atoradero last summer following a rent spike, the intrepid chef reopened her flagship along Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights in December."
wanna know what
large and wanna
bank has no branches
in the South
initials are NYCB...
February 8, 2016
It's sad when you see it: the Chase branch on Arthur Avenue, on a recent visit after Inner City Press received complains, now has three teller windows covered over and no more desk in the lobby, a line of more than a dozen customers waiting for a single teller on a Saturday. Are they moving to close this branch? A staffer said no, they needed the space for ATMs. But there is more than enough space...February 1, 2016
So Bill de Blasio will be giving his State of the City speech at Lehman College on Thursday, with press in the upper deck...
like, at Longwood at
Hostos, Feb 3, 5:00
- 9:00 pm: The
Howard Cash, Elvira
Lisa DuBois, Nicky
Iheanacho, Imo Imeh,
Ibou Ndoye, Eric
Orr, Eto Otitigbe,
Misra Walker and
Tammy Wofsey; and
Anderson and Ray