Category Archives: FUNCA news

Media Still Unprotected at UN, As Some in DPI Whisper to Wrong Party, Ignore Beyonce’s Deletes, Provide No Due Process Rules

When photographers at the UN are ordered to delete photographs they have taken, and others are told they can't take pictures in public areas, what does the UN do?   It whispers only to its cafeteria contractor Aramark, while ignoring private security and worse, the forced deletion of photographs.   On March 7 FUNCA witnessed  that a bodyguard for Salma Hayek ordered a long time photographer at the UN, a co-founder of the Free UN Coalition for Access, not to take any photographs.   FUNCA read more [...]

When UN’s Department of Public Information Goes Private, All Bets Are Off for Reform? FUNCA Presses Forward

The UN “Department of Public Information” needs to re-think the way it spreads information, or seeks to impede it.    On February 22, DPI invited members of the Free UN Coalition for Access to a meeting, saying that a similar number of officials of the old UN Correspondents Association would attend.     From the beginning FUNCA has made it clear that all meetings it attends are presumed to be on the record, particularly when with the UN Department of PUBLIC Information.    When read more [...]

Free Speech, UN Style, Extends to Press Bulletin Boards, Single Standard Urged by FUNCA

For some weeks, flyers posted by the Free UN Coalition for Access calling for reforms of UN accreditation rules and Media Access Guidelines have repeatedly been torn down, counterfeited, defaced with slogans like “Looney Club" and worse.   FUNCA held a number of meetings with officials of the Department of Public Information, mostly to push for its top ten reforms (including for example eliminating the requirement that a journalist must agree with the unspecified “principles of the UN” read more [...]