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As UN Tries to Limit Press Freedom & Access, & Its Partner UNCA Goes Along, FUNCA Won’t

The work of the Free UN Coalition for Access continues, on issues ranging from the UN's exclusion of the press from Ban Ki-moon's GA speech to its lack of due process for journalists. We'll use this post to raise another issue of how the UN limits accreditation. Beyond requiring and processing letters of support from governments for reporters' accreditation, in tortured language complete with brackets, the UN's Accreditation Requirement state that DPI "must be satisfied that the individuals applying read more [...]

FUNCA Wins Some Access, DPI Chief Implies He’s Open; Older Guard Resists, Conceals

In a January 17 meeting with the chief of the UN Department of Public Information, the Free UN Coalition for Access raised 16 issues ranging from equitable treatment of different media in office space and getting questions answered to due process rights of journalists. Last week only a short summary was possible. Now FUNCA can say more, in the spirit of transparency. Progress was made on issues such as fairness in access to the Secretary General and his photo ops, and it seems on some office space read more [...]

UN’s Delayed Move, Favoritism in Responses & Space Raised by FUNCA, Some Reforms Won, More to Follow

Why has the UN delayed by two months the move-back of the press corps to its headquarters skyscraper? Members of the Free UN Coalition for Access pursued the question Thursday afternoon with three officials of the UN Department of Public Information. This interim post is in the spirit of transparency.   Despite an initial diversion that construction workers at the UN are now focused on the Hurricane Sandy damage to the third sub-basement, it is confirmed that the UN can't or won't pay the now read more [...]

Shifting UN Spin to Justify Press Delay & Favoritism in Press Corps Move-Back?

Why was it announced on January 11 that the UN press corps will be delayed two months in moving back into the renovated UN headquarters building? The CMP & DPI have given answers, FUNCA is pressing to get to the bottom of it.  After the announcement of delay, the Free UN Coalition for Access immediately inquired with the UN Capital Master Plan, in charge of the renovation, and was told  "The decision to change the move-back date to April was caused by collateral impacts of Hurricane Sandy, read more [...]

UN says press corps’ move-back is delayed to April. Why?

Now the UN says the move-back of the press corps is delayed to April. Why? FUNCA immediately asked the CMP and obtained this rationale from CMP Public Information Officer Werner Schmidt: "The decision to change the move-back date to April was caused by collateral impacts of Hurricane Sandy, especially by a lack of adequate labor due to increased demand for overtime-paying construction repair jobs. This affects the new Permanent Broadcast Facility in the Conference Building, whose completion is read more [...]