UN System Hits New Low, Bans Live Coverage of Anything on SG’s 38th Floor, SG UNdisclosed, No Content-Neutral Media Access Rules

22 May 2018 -- Today’s UN system has hit yet another new low, now banning any live broadcasting of events and interchanges on the Secretary General’s 38th floor. First the SG’s Spokesman tried to ban even from photo ops any press which writes, and called any question about it “self-centered.” Then Guterres, unlike even Ban Ki-moon, closed his Senior Management Compact Ceremony to the press. Now it is livestreaming that is banned for the Press – but apparently not delegations and others. read more [...]

UN System Hits New Low, Closes Photo Ops to Press Which Writes, Closes Mgmt Compacts To All, No Content-Neutral Media Access Rules

9 May 2018 -- Today’s UN system has hit yet another new low, when beyond the UN Alliance of Civilizations canceling a World Press Freedom Day event to prevent the showing of a video critical of Turkey and Egypt among others, UN FAO and WIPO have both used criminal defamation against critical media. On May 9 SG Guterres’ spokesman Dujarric decided to ban even from photo ops any press which writes, and called any question about it “self-centered.” Video here. Then Guterres, unlike even Ban read more [...]

UN Sec-Gen Hits New Low, 4 Days Location UNdisclosed, Amid Bribery & #MeTooUN Scandals, Still No Content-Neutral Media Access Rules

April 2, 2018 -- Today’s UN has hit yet another new low in which the Secretary General on March 30 after a scripted stakeout left New York unannounced, location undisclosed. Only after multiple Press questions over 17 hours, and in connection with a Security Council emergency meeting on Gaza, did the Office of the Spokesperson acknowledge Guterres was, again, in Lisbon, this time for four days. This while UN DPI has no content neutral rules for accreditation or the assignment of work-space read more [...]

UNSG Hits New Low, Meeting with P-5 FM Undisclosed, Amid Bribery & Rosewood Scandals, Still No Content-Neutral Media Access Rules

Today’s UN has hit yet another new low in which the Secretary General on January 18 meet with the foreign minister of a Permanent Five member of the UN Security Council without even disclosing it in his public schedule, making it Closed Press like his swearing in of the head of the Department of “Public” Information. (The Secretary General's spokesman, when Pressed, called it a "private dinner" - but it had a very public topic, now published here.) This while DPI has no content neutral read more [...]

UNSG Hits New Low, Stakeouts Without Q&A, No End of Year Presser Amid Bribery & Rosewood Scandals, Should Not Be Honored

December 11, 2017 -- Today’s UN has hit yet another new low in which the Secretary General has decided to not even hold an end of the year press conference, which his predecessor held, while now closing to the press the swearing-in of his top Communications official and holding stakeouts at which no questions are taken. This comes while there are questions to be answered about his UN’s use of funds from a group whose UN representative had already been indicted for bribery of a former President read more [...]