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ICP Asks Why Ban Ki-moon Used Diplomatic Pouch for “Prez Ambitions,” Why ICP Banned; Spox Disagrees

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ICP Asks Of Ban Using UN Pouch To Run For S Korea Prez, Spox Says Other Pouch By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, July 22 -- When Ban Ki-moon wrapped up his five day campaign trip in South Korea with a three-question "press conference" at the UN's DPI-NGO conference, he criticized "coverage of what was supposed to be off-the-record meeting with the Kwanhoon Club" of political correspondents. Even during Ban's long visit to South Korea, Inner City Press in New York where it has been evicted from its long time shared UN office and confined to minders, told not to question diplomats asked the UN why no transcript was provided of Ban's session with the Kwanhoon Club. It asked again on June 10, the day after Ban himself called such questions "undue." On July 22, Inner City Press asked Ban's deputy spokesman Farhan Haq about Ban's campaigning using UN di0lomatic pouches, video here: Deputy Spokesman: There is nothing here saying it's a UN pouch. Not every diplomatic pouch is a UN pouch. That is how the UN published its transcript more than eight hours later. Ban Ki-moon's office emailed this to Inner City Press, without putting it in the transcript it issued later: From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply Date: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 3:37 PM Subject: Your question on the use of diplomatic pouch To: matthew.lee [at] innercitypress.com Regarding your question at the Friday noon briefing about the use of diplomatic pouch, the letter to Kim Jong-pil was sent by diplomatic pouch along with other thank-you letters to people whom the Secretary-General saw during his recent visit to the Republic of Korea. As is standard practice, official letters, including thank-you letters following official visits, are sent by diplomatic pouch. Hmm.. After Press Is Banned From Covering UN HLPF, Ban Says That's How Security Works By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, July 22 -- When Inner City Press went to cover the UN conclusion of the High Level Political Forum on July 20, it was told by a UN Security official it could only do so with an escort, or minder, from UN Media Accreditation. There was no one in that office - but when the supervisor of it asked the UN Security official to let Inner City Press through the turnstile, he said only if someone stayed with Inner City Press the whole time -- that is, a minder. The supervisor could not. And that was it: censorship. On July 22, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman Farhan Haq why the Press was Banned, video here: ICP Question: Why don’t you tell security to let people through? If there is no escort you can't cover it. Deputy Spokesman: No. That is not how security works. That's not how BAN's security and minder work... Inside the July 20 meeting, South Korean ambassador Oh Joon, who has previously been asked about Ban Ki-moon's censorship of and restrictions on the Press, was urging states not to call for a vote. Nigaragua's Deputy Permanent Representative pushed back. It was something to cover - but Ban Ki-moon, through his head of Communications Cristina Gallach, Banned coverage of it. Oh Joon declined to disclose two countries he referred to. Nicaragua got its vote, but Gallach's DPI did not distribute the voting list. While being banned from the turnstile precluded Inner City Press from being able to speak with several of the protagonists, it did ask Oh Joon who the two countries are. He said, I didn't know you were interested in this. But he'd previously been told that Ban's eviction hinders the Press from covering ECOSOC. On July 12 when Inner City Press went to cover UN Security General Ban Ki-moon's speech on human right, it was required to be escorted by one of Ban's minders, due to its eviction earlier this year by Ban and his Under Secretary General for Public Information, Cristina Gallach. But even after escort by a minder, just before Ban Ki-moon's speech Inner City Press was surrounded by six UN Security officers who demanded that it lea...