At UN, Lack of Transparency Continues After 220 Days: Need for a FOIA, Regular SG Press Conferences, Reforms & Due Process

At United Nations headquarters more than 220 days into 2017 there has still been only one sit-down press conference involving the Secretary General, who went away for two weeks without announcing it in advance nor saying where he was, in the midst of a crisis on the Korean peninsula. What will be the situation when he belatedly has a sit-down press conference on September 13? The trial and six guilty verdicts for UN bribery against Ng Lap Seng, sole funder of South South News, show the UN, its read more [...]

At UN, Withholding of Reform Plans & Speeches Continues After 150 Days: Need for a FOIA, Regular SG Press Conferences & Due Process

June 5, 2017 --At United Nations headquarters 150 days into 2017 there has still been only one sit-down press conference involving the Secretary General. There are few to no read-outs of meetings with Foreign Ministers or even conversations with heads of state, only selective denial of others’ read-outs afterward. This is UNacceptable. The proposals for reforms have not been made public; even the budget speech to ACABQ was not released, despite a direct request. Notices of travel and stop-overs read more [...]

At UN, Need for a FOIA, Regular SG Press Conferences & Read-outs: UN Fair Treatment of Press

March 20, 2017:  At United Nations headquarters 80 days into 2017 there has been only one sit-down press conference involving the Secretary General. There are few to no read-outs of meetings with Foreign Ministers or even conversations with heads of state. Notice of travel is not given and, as is complained of in Washington, media are handpicked to cover particular legs of trips. The UN still has no Freedom of Information Act, no content neutral standards for media accreditation and no rights read more [...]

As Scrutiny Looms, UN Must Do Better on Press Freedom, Due Process & FOIA Under Guterres

UNITED NATIONS, January 7 – The United Nations at the beginning of 2017 still has no Freedom of Information Act, no content neutral standards for media accreditation and no right to due process or appeal for journalists. This is UNacceptable. New UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres should be expected to address these issues, and to hold at least monthly sit-down press conferences. On January 6 hold-over spokesman Stephane Dujarric indicated he would wait for something to announce. But Q&A read more [...]

Restricted or Two-Tier UN Media Access Under Ban Ki-moon & DPI’s Gallach Is UNacceptable, For UNGA Week & Beyond

For this year’s UN General Assembly week, all but the most favored media are to be confined to Conference Room 1 where, the Department of Public Information has said, journalists will not be allowed food or even water. DPI also said that while “Resident Correspondents” – those with no offices or whom Ban and Gallach have not evicted – will have 20 passes to roam the Conference Building, non-residents are BANned, or can only go there with an escort or minder. This is Unacceptable. read more [...]