Global Inner Cities Global Inner Cities  In Other Media e.g. Somalia, Ghana, Azerbaijan, The Gambia   Click here for Global Inner City Archives 2006

  Click HERE for Daily UN Reporting on InnerCityPress.com    s  We welcome readers' comments or critiques.  Contact us

Click for March 1, 2011 BloggingHeads.tv re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption by Inner City Press   2014: MRL on Beacon Reader

March 1, 2021

To UN In Opposition to Guterres 2d Term Inner City Press Feb 26 Wrote to PGA & UK Derelicts

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 26 – How corrupt and undemocratic is today's United Nations?

Well, now that Antonio Guterres is pushing for a second five-year term, while banning the Press for the 969th day for daring to ask about his finances and failures, he has collaborators. 

  The current President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, a strongman from Turkey who due to his bigoted comments even pro-UN New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn't meet with, has the duty of circulating letters from candidates. 

  But for nearly the entirety of February 2021, Bozkir has refused to circulate the letter of UN staffer candidate Arora Akanksha.

Bozkir's spokesman Brendan Varma, who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter, dances around what the rules are and won't answer. 

 So, as a test - and to raise the issue of the UN's lack of content neutral media access rules, lack of a Freedom of Information Act (fought for the Free UN Coalition for Access) and lack of scruples - Inner City Press on the morning of February 26 submitted a signed letter and C.V. to the PGA's Office and to Varma.  

 Also to the President of the Security Council for February, Barbara Woodward of the UK Mission, along with a formal request for confirmation of receipt.

By 5 pm on February 26, nothing. Absolutely corrupt. Dereliction of duty. But we will not rest. Watch this site.


February 22, 2021

As UN Guterres Lusts For 2d Term Abuses Incumbency Amid Silence from PGA & UKUN

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE, Feb 12 – The moves by Antonio Guterres to try to get five more years in the UN Mansion on Sutton Place by further selling out human rights, banning the Press which asks questions about genocide in Cameroon, peacekeepers' rapes and Chinese bribes at the UN continue.

 But in his lust for an unmerited second term as UNSG, Guterres on February 5 got fellow censor UK PR Barbara Woodward and Turkish strongman PGA Volkan Bozkir to issue a letter kicking off what he hopes to be a rigged process. Woodward even gushed about openness, while her UK Mission refuses to answer written questions from Inner City Press, including about Guterres' shameful cover up of sexual abuse by his crony Fabrizio Hochschild.

 On February 8, a first of what should be many challengers, leading over the hill corrupt-o Guterres to withdraw. First out the box: Arora Akanksha. She's worked at the UNFPA, so she should know just how low Guterres has taken the UN system.

  Inner City Press first reported her campaign on February 8, and on the morning of February 9 asked Guterres and his spokespeople Melissa Fleming and Stephane Dujarric, "What are SG Guterres' response to the candidacy for SG of Arora Akanksha, who says "not enough has been done other than reshuffling of the bureaucracy and recycling ineffective leaders with new titles and nameplates.  What ails the UN is a failure of leadership"?

No answer at all - but two days later on February 11 Dujarric told his pro-Guterres insiders, "António Guterres is a candidate for the selection process. It's not for him to comment on other people who may want to come forward. This is a process run by Member States... I speak for the incumbent candidate."

 Yeah - who is misusing incumbency to try to extend his corrupt reign, for example here. Here's video.

Inner City Press asked not only Guterres and his spokespeople about it, but also PGA Zolkan Bozkir and his spokesman Brendan Varma, and UNSC President Barbara Woodward, who promised "openness." Nothing, no answer - collusion.

February 15, 2021

As UN Guterres Lusts For 2d Term Abuses Incumbency Amid Silence from PGA & UKUN

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE, Feb 12 – The moves by Antonio Guterres to try to get five more years in the UN Mansion on Sutton Place by further selling out human rights, banning the Press which asks questions about genocide in Cameroon, peacekeepers' rapes and Chinese bribes at the UN continue.

 But in his lust for an unmerited second term as UNSG, Guterres on February 5 got fellow censor UK PR Barbara Woodward and Turkish strongman PGA Volkan Bozkir to issue a letter kicking off what he hopes to be a rigged process. Woodward even gushed about openness, while her UK Mission refuses to answer written questions from Inner City Press, including about Guterres' shameful cover up of sexual abuse by his crony Fabrizio Hochschild.

 On February 8, a first of what should be many challengers, leading over the hill corrupt-o Guterres to withdraw. First out the box: Arora Akanksha. She's worked at the UNFPA, so she should know just how low Guterres has taken the UN system.

  Inner City Press first reported her campaign on February 8, and on the morning of February 9 asked Guterres and his spokespeople Melissa Fleming and Stephane Dujarric, "What are SG Guterres' response to the candidacy for SG of Arora Akanksha, who says "not enough has been done other than reshuffling of the bureaucracy and recycling ineffective leaders with new titles and nameplates.  What ails the UN is a failure of leadership"?

No answer at all - but two days later on February 11 Dujarric told his pro-Guterres insiders, "António Guterres is a candidate for the selection process. It's not for him to comment on other people who may want to come forward. This is a process run by Member States... I speak for the incumbent candidate."

 Yeah - who is misusing incumbency to try to extend his corrupt reign, for example here. Here's video.

February 8, 2021

UNDT Told Inner City Press To Destroy Evidence of UN Sex Abuse Now Padula Name Disappears Under Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Appeal SG Response
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE, Feb 4 – How corrupt and unaccountable is today's United Nations?

 Well, in November 2020 Inner City Press went to attend and report on a UN Dispute Tribunal proceeding about a case of sexual harassment in the UN, a proceeding which was announced as open to the public, as US court cases are. 

 But when Inner City Press signed in and gave its name, it was excluded. Later, when it obtained and published evidenc presented in the case, a UN Dispute Tribunal judge ordered it to destroy the evidence or be banned from all future proceedings. 

 This while UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres falsely claims to have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and abuse, while himself banning Inner City Press from UN briefings now for 948 days. 

  Now in the case Inner City Press was ordered to destroy evidence of who-done-it, even the UNDT has found Padula guilty - but has insisted that he be anonymized, that is, covered up for. The shameful order is here, and recites for example that the person - Padula - covered up for

.“grabbed [AA’s] face, held her closely, leaned forward and attempted to kiss her”; b. “when [AA] resisted [the Applicant] kissing her, [he] forced [AA’s] head down and kissed her on the forehead”;  c. “grabbed [BB’s] face, held her closely, leaned forward and attempted to kiss her”; d. “tried to move physically close to [AA] and [BB] while dancing, despite their attempts to keep [him] at a distance”; e. “attempted to grab [CC’s] face; when she blocked her face with her hands, [the Applicant] grabbed her hands and tried to pull them apart; when she resisted, [he] fell on her forcefully”; and f. “took and pulled [CC’s] hands to try to get her to dance, despite her resistance”.

  But in Guterres' UN they do not want the public to know who did this - and the Press which exclusively published and name and evidence is banned and its written questions not answered. On the morning of February 4, 12 hours before publishing this when no answer was received from Guterres, Dujarric, Fleming, Amina J. Mohammed et al., Inner City Press in writing asked this: "what are SG Guterres comments and more importantly action on the UN Dispute Tribunal on Feb 3 confirming sexual charges against Padula - while having told Inner City Press to destroy all evidence or remain bannned, and maintaining Padula's name sealed, confirming the cover-up culture under Guterres?"

 The UN claims it has to protect the identity of Padula (and will NOT report him to NYPD for any criminal offense) because they have to protect the identity of the VICTIMS - it's like Guterres' rationale for covering up genocide and mass killing, for example in Cameroon.

  Inner City Press is even banned from submitting questions by WebEx, on which the International Monetary Fund for example answers its questions, as it did on February 4 about the Burma coupl. The only difference is Guterres and his corruption.

   On December 21 Inner City Press filed a formal appeal with the UN Appeals Tribunal, full filing here on DocumentCloud.

February 1, 2021

UNSG Guterres Lies On Hochschild Of Whom He Knew in 2019 from Banned Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive CJR  Video

UN GATE, Jan 28 – How corrupt and hypocritical is the United Nations of Secretary General Antonio Guterres? He covered up for two years on seuxal harassment by his friend Fabrizio Hochschild, as banned Inner City Press asked him about it in writing. Then on January 28 Guterres lied and said he'd only found out days before. Video here.

 This lie came in a Press-less press conference. State media of Turkey, Qatar, as well as Reuters and the NYT, helped Guterres by not asking about the belated suspension of Hochschild. But when it was asked as the penultimate question, before Guterres went to jump the vaccination line in The Bronx, Guterres outright lied as to when he knew. He also expressed nothing for the victims, only a hope for due process for his crony.  We'll have more on this.

So much so that while Guterres claims zero tolerance and to be a feminist, he twice rewarded and covered up sexual misconduct in his own office. Inner City Press before May 2019 reported the #MeToo abuses of Fabrizio Hochschild, and asked Guterres in writing about them, with no answer. It published audio leaked to it; its exclusive was picked up here for example.

Now on January 28, this: "UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that the head of the Organization, Antonio Guterres, took " very seriously any allegation of harassment, abuse of power, discrimination or sexual harassment ”. After " allegations of possible prohibited conduct against Fabrizio Hochschild were brought to his attention ", a suspension of functions was decided during an internal investigation. Once achieved, " the secretary general will act quickly and take appropriate action on the basis of the findings, " added the spokesperson."

 But AFP sources it to a pro-Guterres in-house publication which said Guterres gets a "B" from feminists. What a joke - it is Guterres who should be ousted, for censorship to cover up rapes, by Karim Elkorany (UN staff in Iraq) and Peacekeepers in DRC and CAR. We'll have more on this.

January 25, 2021

UNSG Guterres Rewards Sexual Harassment As Gives Hochschild Tech Post Staff Tell Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive CJR  Video

UN GATE, Jan 22 – How corrupt and hypocritical is the United Nations of Secretary General Antonio Guterres? So much so that while Guterres claims zero tolerance and to be a feminist, now he has again  rewarded and covered up sexual misconduct in his own office. In a musical chairs personnel move on April 18, 2019, a day after he continued his now 934 day censorship of the Press, Guterres named as his new Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination one Volker Türk, who when Inner City Press asked him about refugees chased by Paul Biya's Cameroon army into Nigeria seemed not to know about it. Guterres, as we have reported, not only took a golden statue from Biya, but went silent on the killings since Cameroon was chair of the UN Budget Committee. But it's worse: Turk took the position from Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond of Chile "who was appointed as Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary." This promotion was, ghoulishly, Guterres rewarding what multiple staff say was Hochschild's relationship with another junior staff member.

Now on January 22 with the failed 75th anniversary complete with the censorship of critical views, now Guterres is recycling this abuser as his chief of technology, while still refusing all questions from Inner City Press - which was answered on Jan 22 by Andrew Yang, and by the IMF and others. Guterres and those around him are corrupt.

One of the staff members tells Inner City Press it in these words: "his promotion to USG was because the SG wanted him out of his office after he was caught having an affair with a junior staff member. In terms of power play this is a reward for sexual harassment." Talk about MeToo - the faux feminist Guterres covers up and rewards such behavior. And later on April 18 Ms. Nahla Valji, Senior Gender Adviser, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, was bragging about Guterres and feminism. What hypocrisy. We'll have more on this - while Guterres and his spokespeople refuse to answer any of Inner City Press' written questions, we still have sources, many sources.

   In the midst of Inner City Press' questioning in 2018 about Guterres' links to now convicted UN bribery Patrick Ho's China Energy Fund Committee and Guterres' failures on Cameroon and elsewhere, his UN Security twice roughed up Inner City Press on June 22 and July 3, 2018.

January 18, 2021

UK Ambassador Letter Citing Inner City Press Scoops Stonewalled By UNESCO Like Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, Jan 14 – From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres, who is now running for a second mandate, the whole UN system has been totally corrupted, especially UNESCO. The Paris based UN agency is in turmoil after the exposure of a number of administrative transgressions by Inner City Press, which articles led to internal investigations. 

   Yet, advocating for governing control measures by member states yields results, as revealed in the letter by the ambassador of the UK to UNESCO, Matthew Lodge, who denunciated the lack of transparency and financial accountability in the administration of the French DG Audrey Azoulay. This letter was motivated by the article of Inner City Press about the misappropriation of public funds in large proportions (see copy of the UK Ambassador’s letter here). 

   In his letter, the UK ambassador pointed out that the embezzlement allegations that had been rejected at the outset with condescension by Nicholas Jeffreys ADG/ADM and Nikolas Kacyanides Dir/Cabinet, were factual information that and “the Inner City Press allegations of financial impropriety and breach of rules” proved to be “a confirmed financial fraud”. This is the first time when an influent member state of UNESCO, and a member of the Security Council P5, is confirming in writing the veracity of the arraignments by Inner City Press. From the UN? No answer.

January 11, 2021

As UNSC Prez Tunisia Bans Cameroon Qs For Guterres But Will 5 New Members Do Better?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Periscope
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE, Jan 4  – In the United Nations from which SG Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press 916 days for asking about his complicity in the killing of civilians in Cameroon, poisoning them in Haiti with cholera and COVID in South Sudan, and their mass imprisonment by China in Xinjiang, on January 4 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission of Tunisia, as incoming UN Security Council president, with questions including about Ethiopia, Western Sahara, Haiti, Yemen and Cameroon.

 Inner City Press specifically asked to be provided the WebEx codes to be able to ask its questions. No answer.

 But three hours later when Tunisia's Ambassador Tarek Labed took questions, his spokesperson took them in groups of four -- without protest from the increasingly pathetic UNCA UN press corpse -- allowing Labed to evade even the questions that were asked.

No one allowed in asked about Cameroon, just the way Guterres wants it. The answer is clearly no. This is shameful. But will the five incoming UNSC members - India, Ireland, Mexico, Kenya and Norway - do their jobs of openness to the Press and public? We will be asking.

  For now Inner City Press, which will report all month about the UNSC with or seemingly without any Tunisia or Labed access, posted the Program of Work here and notes for example "Wester Africa" - that would / should include Cameroon - on January 11, Yemen on January 14, League of Arab States on January 18, Syria on January 20, Colombia on January 21, and January 26 on the Middle East. Labed said two meetings will be in person - this as Guterres violated COVID quarantine rules. Today's UN is corrupt.

   Inner City Press streamed some of the Press-less presser, here.
 Among those "given the floor" by Tunisia, while banning Inner City Press, were state media from Pakistan, a retiree of a decade, and others.

When Guterres' spokes- / hatchetman Stephane Dujarric holds his noon briefings this month while refusing all questions from Inner City Press despite an on camera promise. And Tunisia and Labed? We'll report.

Watch this site.

January 4, 2021
UNSG Antonio Guterres Flew to Lisbon To Politicize Religious Order In Bid For 2d Term

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Song I Song II
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 1 –  Antonio Guterres' four years as UN Secretary General have consisted of diplomatic failures, cover-ups of UN sexual abuse and UN bribers, including his own connections with convicted briber CEFC China Energy, and banning of the Press that asked.  

Now at New Years 2021, violating what the public is told to do with the UN's WHO and by Joe Biden, among others, Guterres has traveled on vacation to Portugal (and, it's been said, then to the UK).

  There in Portugal, a craven religious order has debased itself by calling him a man of peace while not doing basic research into Guterres cover up of child rape - sadly, it's birds of a feather: "The custodian of the Sacred Convent of Assisi announced that the 'Lamp of Peace of San Francisco”, granted annually, will be given in 2021 to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres.  'The motivation that led us to this recognition is his tireless work of political mediation in the complexity of our world that is struggling with so many conflicts, wars, injustices and degradation of human beings and creation; a deep commitment to a dialogical and cordial style, a style of fraternal humanism, as we, the friars of the Sacred Convent, call it ”, explained Fr. Marco Moroni, speaking of the Portuguese official.  António Guterres is praised for his “political activity lived as a vocation at the service of the common good."

  Beyond the ghoulish praise by a Catholic group of a man whose UN Partnerships representative Amir Dossal was on the board of Ghislaine Maxwell's Terramar Project, and won't answer the Press on that or UN child rapes, instead roughed it up and banned, why are they involved in politics at all? Who oversees them?

 Why did Guterres thumb his nose as his own organization's directives and travel to Portugal?

Was it meet up with his son Pedro, whose African business deals like a meeting with Rwanda Paul Kagame Guterres has refused to disclose or explain, when banned Inner City Press asked?   

Well, with Guterres in Lisbon, that city's and his organ of choice Expresso has begun Guterres' campaign for an entirely unmerited second term as SG, with Helder Gomes writing (or reciting, dictated by Guterres) that "the former Portuguese prime minister will fulfill the next 12 months with the promised US return to multilateralism. For now, Guterres maintains the taboo, but has already indicated that he still has a lot to do."  

More bribes to take? More civilians to sell out, as he has the Anglophones of Cameroon?

 If the UN is to retain or even regain any of its credibility, there can be no second term. Just say no to Guterres. Song I here. Watch this site.

***

Your support means a lot. As little as $5 a month helps keep us going and grants you access to exclusive bonus material on our Patreon page. Click here to become a patron.
December 28, 2020

Antonio Guterres Flew to Lisbon To Launch Campaign for 2d Term In Expresso Just Say No

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Song I
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 26 –  Antonio Guterres' four years as UN Secretary General have consisted of diplomatic failures, cover-ups of UN sexual abuse and UN bribers, including his own connections with convicted briber CEFC China Energy, and banning of the Press that asked.  

Now for Christmas 2020, violating what the public is told to do with the UN's WHO and by Joe Biden, among others, Guterres has traveled on vacation to Portugal (and, it's been said, then to the UK). He is a hypocrite.  

 Why did Guterres thumb his nose as his own organization's directives and travel to Portugal?

Was it meet up with his son Pedro, whose African business deals like a meeting with Rwanda Paul Kagame Guterres has refused to disclose or explain, when banned Inner City Press asked?   

Well, with Guterres in Lisbon, that city's and his organ of choice Expresso has begun Guterres' campaign for an entirely unmerited second term as SG, with Helder Gomes writing (or reciting, dictated by Guterres) that "the former Portuguese prime minister will fulfill the next 12 months with the promised US return to multilateralism. For now, Guterres maintains the taboo, but has already indicated that he still has a lot to do."  

More bribes to take? More civilians to sell out, as he has the Anglophones of Cameroon?

 If the UN is to retain or even regain any of its credibility, there can be no second term. Just say no to Guterres. Song I here. Watch this site.

***

Your support means a lot. As little as $5 a month helps keep us going and grants you access to exclusive bonus material on our Patreon page. Click here to become a patron.

Feedback: Editorial [at] innercitypress.com
SDNY Press Room 480, front cubicle
500 Pearl Street, NY NY 10007 USA

Mail: Box 20047, Dag Hammarskjold Station NY NY 10017December 21, 2020

UN Guterres Cries Poor Flying to Germany UK and Lisbon Amid COVID and Censorship

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 15 – How corrupt is today's United Nations?

Well, just as New York prepares to go into another COVID-19 lockdown, its Secretary General prepares to fly off to Germany and the presumably to his real home in Portugal, before slipping back into New York evade quarantine rules that applies to others.

This while Guterres cries poor, in a letter to staff that Inner City Press now exclusively publishes in full:

"Saturday, 12 December 2020 Dear Colleagues,  I am writing to update you on the ways in which we are managing the continuing liquidity challenges facing the United Nations.  My senior team and I have been working closely with Member States to find a systemic solution to the recurring cash crisis, especially for our regular budget operations.  The ultimate responsibility for our financial health lies with Member States.  Most have fulfilled their Charter obligations and paid in full, some on time and some even in advance.  Many have responded positively to my appeals during the year to accelerate their contributions.   With your help, we have been working hard to deal with a problem that is greater this year than compared to 2019.  We started 2020 with the highest level of arrears in recent history – $711 million – eroding our already meagre reserves.  By February, there were already alarming signs of further deficits and as a result, we had to institute additional cash conservation measures to ensure that we would be able to pay the salaries and entitlements of our staff on time and settle our legal obligations to vendors.  The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have created even further difficulties, and we are now over $600 million short of our target for the year.  However, notwithstanding these shortfalls, we have continued to prioritize salaries every month and have advanced payments to provide staff with more predictability during the crisis.  This cautious approach to spending, especially in controlling hiring, has proven prudent.  Without these measures, our operations would have been disrupted and we would not have been able to meet payrolls or fulfil our obligations.  However, outstanding contributions are now nearly $1,194 million, and we have depleted the liquidity reserves for the regular budget and now have to borrow from the accounts of closed peacekeeping operations in order to meet obligations for December.   I have made every effort to protect staff from this crisis, and I will continue to do so.  As personnel costs constitute the bulk of the regular budget, as well as being the most difficult to adjust quickly in response to cash shortages, hiring judiciously has been critical to ensuring liquidity for salaries.  But this has a terrible knock-on effect: high vacancies put more pressure on existing staff, which is neither desirable nor sustainable.  I have urged managers to be sensitive and creative in addressing this situation, and I have also emphasized to Member States that this persisting liquidity crisis is undermining our work.  I continue to implore Member States to contain the erosion of our capacity to deliver while working with them to find a sustainable solution that simultaneously supports staff and enables the United Nations to sustain its operations.    I want to assure you that we are in this together.    Thank you for your service during these challenging times. Yours sincerely,  António Guterres"

  Now UK Permanent Representative Barbara Woodward has tweeted, "My Prime Minister is looking forward to welcoming you to London in January to mark #UN75." So, "does  @AntonioGuterres  leaving NY for Germany tomorrow Dec 16, as NYC moves to COVID Pause of Lockdown, and this "London in January" mean that he'll be spending public money in Lisbon from mid Dec into January, amid the pandemic? When would he come back to UNHQ?" This has been asked publicly - no answer.

Nor to this, emailed to Guterres, his deputy Amina J. Mohammed, chief of staff Viotti and spokespeople: "  How can it be that, given the impending lockdown for COVID in NY, and the situation in Germany, that SG Guterres is flying there, instead of speaking by Zoom? When is SG Guterres scheduled to return to NY? Will he be going to Lisbon? Is that, as some surmise, the goal of the ill-considered / bad example trip?"

  During the pandemic, Guterres has already sneaked off to Portugal twice. He has allowed his UN Security to keep their gym open when all other gyms in NYC have been closed. When banned Inner City Press asked in writing about this, Guterres' spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming have refused to answer. It is impunity. He should not return. 

From the December 14 UN transcript:  Dujarric: I have a trip announcement for you. The Secretary-General will travel on Wednesday to Berlin, where he will address the German Parliament on Friday morning. While in Berlin, he will also meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. 

Q: it's his first personal trip since March; right? 

Dujarric: It is his first official trip. As you may have recalled, he went home twice to see his family.     

Question:  Yeah. So the question is, why is it so important to go to Germany, in particular taking into account the current strict COVID measures in Germany right now... and if he's going to quarantine after his arrival back to New York?       

Dujarric: A couple of things. We may have more travel to announce. I will tell you that the way we're... travel is organised, safety is first and foremost. The Secretary‑General will be tested before leaving, as will his delegation.       This was a very important invitation on behalf... by the German Government. It's not every day that a Secretary‑General is invited to address the Bundestag. So, we've accepted the invitation.       The Secretary‑General will, of course, follow all regulations pertinent to the city and state of New York upon return when he is in New York."

   And when would that be? Is this just a pretext to spend public money to go to Lisbon, where Guterres took money from Gulbenkian which tried to sell its oil company to UN briber CEFC China Energy?

Inner City Press and its questions have been banned from the UN for 895 days by this corrupt Guterres. He should not return.
December 14, 2020

UN Guterres Covers Up Uruguay Child Rape in DRC As Bans Inner City Press 891st Day

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video here, Vine here

UN GATE, Dec 10 -- Stephane Dujarric, the lead spokesman of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and now Guterres' Global Communicator Melissa Fleming have joined their boss in personally covering up child rapes and sexual abuse by UN personnel, including recently a child rape by a UN "peacekeeper" from Paul Biya's Cameroon in DR Congo.

  Even while they and OIOS Ben Swanson purport to care - and even answer questions - on the UN's cover up for Burundian and Gabon rapes in CAR in 2017, they have adopted corrupt Guterres' solution going forward: cover up the cases in advance. Rough up and ban the Press which asks, leave inside only insiders who ask why they can't use the UN escalator instead of walking one or two flights of stairs, and refuse to answer written questions. Their UN is dying - and taking young victims with it. See Tel Aviv UNTSO video first published by Inner City Press on June 23, here, and Swanson here.

 On October 26, while maskless spokesman Stephane Dujarric continues to lie about sexual abuse, the UN data dumped additional outrageous sexual abuses, Gabon and Togo in the Central African Republic, this very year. Inner City Press immediately in writing asked: "On UN sexual exploitation and abuse - alleged - this is a request that you immediately provide the "if asked" information about the caseso f  child rape and sexual exploitation by UN "peacekeepers" from Uruguay, Ethiopia, Senegal and Benin and again Cameroon, in DRC and Central African Republic just cursorily data dumped onto the UN website today December 10 (Human Rights Day and that you immediately provide the "granular" information that was promised today at noon to correspondents who barely ask or publish about this topic. What is being done for the victims? Also, again, what is Guterres' answer, which you refused to provide after banned Inner City Press asked you and others in writing on the morning of August 19 that you "immediately provide all if-asked and additional information about the new allegation of SEA announced of child rape by a Cameroonian "peacekeeper" in DR Congo, and why this has been left so long UNanswered - and also why previously published charges are no longer in the data to which UN Peacekeeping Conduct and Discipline points, including what if being done for these victims and any steps taken to avoid this constant repetition of abuse despite the SG's ostensible commitments. Again, are new allegations being buried elsewhere on the data page? Inner City Press is asking in writing because banned from the noon briefings and any follow up questions, now for more than a year. On August 24 Inner City Press re-applied for admission to cover the UNGA high level week; on August 30 it was summarily rejected, with no or only Kafka-esque reasoning. Today, as before none of Inner City Press' written questions, including on Cameroon, have been answered. This is a request that you immediately confirm receipt of these questions and requests. "

 No answer, and no one let into the noon briefing - including several state media including VOA and a handpicked climate question from Sidney - asked about the rapes.

December 7, 2020

Banning Press UNSC Prez South Africa Praised Guterres For Helping Paul Biya in Cameroon

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Periscope
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - CJR - PFT

UN GATE, Dec 2  – In the United Nations from which SG Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press 883 days for asking about his complicity in the killing of civilians in Cameroon, poisoning them in Haiti with cholera and COVID in South Sudan, and their mass imprisonment by China in Xinjiang, on November 30 Inner City Press wrote to the Mission of South Africa, as incoming UN Security Council president, with questions including about Western Sahara, Haiti, Yemen and Cameroon.

 Inner City Press specifically asked to be provided the WebEx codes to be able to ask its questions. No answer.

 But when South Africa's self-described bureaucrat Jerry Matjila took questions, his spokesman took them in groups of three -- without protest from the increasingly pathetic UNCA UN press corpse -- allowing Matjila to evade even the questions that were asked.

No one allowed in asked about Cameroon, just the way Guterres wants it.

   And on December 2 to a group of insider NGOs Matjila, low-talking, on Cameroon praised the failed work of Antonio Guterres, claimed that ECOWAS or ECCAS is keeping an "eagle eye" on Cameroon and that the UN Security Council is acting appropriately on it. Video here, including the lines "the Secretary General in his wisdom is taking the responsibility to help [inaudible] Paul Biya." He also claimed there are agreements on language and region(s).

 No one called him on it. UN world, in the era of Guterres, is more and more decrepit.

 Would South Africa's former Ambassador Kumalo, no bureaucrat at all, have colluded in this Secretary General's censorship of Press? The answer is clearly no. This is shameful.

  This too: during Matjila's "press" conference, the Program of Work was not even on the website of the UNSC. Still Inner City Press, which will report all month about the UNSC with or seemingly without any Matjila or South African bureaucracy access, notes for example "Central Africa" - that would / should be Cameroon - on December 9, DRC on Dec 7, Yemen on Dec 14, South Sudan Dec 15, Afghanistan Dec 17, and Syria Dec 21.

 On Western Sahara, Matjila cravenly praised Guterres' supposed effort on naming a UN envoy, on which Guterres has failed for more than a year. This President is a letdown on Western Sahara.

   Inner City Press live tweeted the Press-less presser, here, and streamed some, here.

When Guterres' spokes- / hatchetman Stephane Dujarric holds his noon briefings this month while refusing all questions from Inner City Press despite an on camera promise. And South Africa and "bureaucrat" Matjila? We'll report.

Watch this site.

November 30, 2020

In UN Belief Blinken and Thomas Greenfield Would Collaborate As Censors for Corruption

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

UN GATE / SDNY, Nov 23 - The United Nations, its unaccountable senior leadership and sychophantic press corps all seem pleased by the nomination of perceived supporters to represent the US from January 20 on.

Witness the canned Q&A in the UN noon briefing of November 23, which again banned Inner City Press - and its questions about UN corruption and sexual abuse, Cameroon, Honduras and other UN failures, here.  

Inner City Press before corrupt UNSG Antonio Guterres had it thrown out without due process or appeal covered not only the UN and its "Peacekeeping" missions in Haiti and elsewhere, but also Antony Blinken (here, meeting Prince Zeid) and Linda Thomas-Greenfield (here, after a trip to Somalia; Inner City Press covered the UN Security Council trip to Djibouti).  

 So would it be the case that Blinken and Thomas-Greenfield would cast a blind eye at UN censorship

and lack of accountability, from Cameroon to the banning of the Press that asks? Watch this site.November 23, 2020

Complicit In Saudi Press Murder UN Guterres Bans Press As State Media Obsequious On G20

By Matthew Russell Lee, PFT CJR Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 20 – The G-20 meeting by Saudi Arabia's royals, killers of journalist like Jamal Khashhogi, is being used by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to promote himself, for example in a scam November 20 press conference with state media, video here.

After Guterres' distribution of a redacted copy of his pre-summit letter, this was a six question briefing Guterres banned critical Inner City Press from. The questions included Turkish state media asking for praise of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, South African state media coyly asking for criticism of Trump and getting only evasion (Guterres will take money from anyone); Qatar's Al Jazeera asking for a Qatar sound byte, useless ANSA lobbying a softball about "COVAX" and Guterres blathering about mis-information, meaning any criticism of him.

  Before, these stage directions from the UN Correspondents Association, with Xinhua and Saudi funded media on the board:

 "Dear colleagues,  The Secretary-General will hold a press briefing tomorrow, Friday, November 20th at 12:30 PM in the Press Briefing Room S-237 with a limited amount of journalists present with distancing restrictions and the rest will continue to participate virtually on the Webex platform.  Only a maximum of 10 UN correspondents with 6 resident correspondents, 1 non-resident correspondents [sic], and 3 photographers can be safely accommodated. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.  Valeria Robecco President, United Nations Correspondents Association."

Inner City Press on the morning of November 20 asked Guterres, spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Melissa Fleming and others 100+ questions including, on this, "As to SG Guterres's November 20 press conference, (1) how it is legitimate to outsource access to the UN Correspondents Association, which self-servingly decided six "resident correspondents" (some of whom publish nothing), 1 "non resident correspondents" [sic] and three photographers -- does that include or not include the publicly-paid UN Photo staff, or those who purport to both be UN Photo and resident correspondents? On what basis is Inner City Press, which has questions, banned even from posing question(s) by WebEx? How is this not just censorship?"  

  "Everyone accessing UN premises in New York confirms that they have not had    -       Any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days  -       A positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days  -       Close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days."   

 What a scam - Guterres evaded quarantine, and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric briefs maskless daily, give feet above Al Jazeera's Bays who takes off his mask. The UN Censorship Alliance - with Saudi Arabia. Inner City Press will have more on this - watch this site.

November 16, 2020

After UN Beer Party Andrea Padula Assaulted 3 Women Here Is Transcript UN Wants Destroyed

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order I
BBC -