Free Press Decay at UN: Less Q&A and No Due Process or Disclosure; Reforms Then Next SG

As Ban Ki-moon’s final six months as UN Secretary General begin, the need for a UN Freedom of Information Act and increased media access become ever more clear. Ban has held fewer and fewer press conferences. Basic information is withheld, or given out only selectively. Journalists at the UN have no due process rights: investigative files and long-time offices can be evicted and accreditation status reduced without a single hearing, and with no transparency or right to appeal. The Free UN Coalition read more [...]

UN Media Access Can’t Be Arbitrarily Denied by Ban Ki-moon Or DPI’s Gallach, UN Censors

The UN needs a Freedom of Information Act, it needs to require senior officials to respond to questions from the media. But amazingly this year, Ban Ki-moon's UN has shown a willingness not only to throw critical media physically in the street, seizing Periscope phone and laptop, but to follow up by throwing journalistic files out onto First Avenue, with no due process or appeal. This happened on February 19 and then April 16, 2016, at the direction of UN DPI. Video here. Instead of looking read more [...]

UN Media Access Cannot Be Arbitrarily Controlled by Ban Ki-moon Or DPI’s Gallach, Two Tier UN

The UN needs a Freedom of Information Act, it needs to require senior officials to respond to questions from the media. But amazingly this year, Ban Ki-moon's UN has shown a willingness to throw critical media physically in the street, seizing Periscope phone and laptop. Instead of looking in the mirror, the most senior UN officials informed of UN Security throwing the Press into the street on February 19, given a mere two hours notice by DPI's USG, have circled the wagons. USg Feltman will read more [...]

In 2016 at UN, More Transparency Needed, Including For Process to Select Next SG

As we enter the last year of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's tenure, as a matter of UN transparency and media access it is imperative that the trend toward fewer press conferences and more importantly fewer answers not be allowed to continue. After saying he would do monthly sit-down press conferences, Ban Ki-moon in 2015 hit a new low in accessibility. There must be improvements in 2016 and for and by the next Secretary General, including in how she or he is selected. Interactive dialogues read more [...]

UN Must Answer Corruption and Other Questions, No More Set-Asides

October 17, 2015 -- Answering press questions and media access at the UN have both been in decline; now they must improve. The UN corruption charges against former President of the General Assembly John Ashe, Francis Lorenzo and others make timely responses to requests for information imperative, along with Q&A press conferences by, for example, the head and auditors of UNDP’s South-South unit. Just as questions about peacekeepers’ alleged rapes in Central African Republic were evaded read more [...]