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Minutes From Behind Reuters Firewall Censor ICP on France, Sri LankaMatthew Russell Lee Special to Salem-News.com
Reuters is going after a small media reporter who criticized the UN's use of a war crime suspect on a human rights panel.
(UNITED NATIONS) - In an unfolding comedy of corporate censorship errors, ten minutes after Inner City Press exposed Reuters' involvement in hosting the UN Correspondent Association minutes used to indict it, the link was changed away from Reuters.
But the screen-shot remains, even as Reuters brass continues to be unreachable as the company leads a purge of independent media at the UN.
Still there has been not response to the May 27 and June 2 notifications to Greg McCune of Reuters "Ethics & Training," Top News Editor Walden Siew, deputy editor Paul Ingrassia and big Reuters cheese Stephen J. Adler, on Twitter with a total of four tweets, none since August 2011. So much for New Media. Meanwhile Reuters' Charbonneau slavishing re-tweets other Reuters' reporters stories. Some hope he's paid overtime, and not ONLY for his strenuous efforts to expel the free Press.
Now the the minutes taken out from behind Reuters' firewall, here are quick excerpts to show what is going on, even in these inaccurate summaries of three of four meetings (the fourth was withheld, to somehow serve the French mission to the UN, we'll have more on this)
So, for this first installment -- Reuters' Charbonneau saw no problem with Sri Lanka government propaganda denying war crimes being screened inside the UN by UNCA with the involvement of a fellow official who had a past financial relationship with Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN. Who has lost his way? The UNCA crafted minutes continue:
And so, to end this installment from UN-world, Reuters, AFP and others feel they can target a journalist for expulsion because they don't agree with this articles -- which, as noted, they steal from without giving credit. Only at the UN - and in these corporate media. To be continued: watch this site.
Update: minutes after publication of the above this came out in Sri Lanka, which we fully credit and link to:
Matthew Lee faces expulsion from UNCA
The United Nations is set to make history as the UN Correspondents' Association (UNCA) is contemplating a move to impeach and expel a reporter -- perhaps for the first time in living memory.
But what is interesting is that there is a Sri Lankan angle to the story which is reverberating throughout the Organisation. The journalist on trial is Matthew Russell Lee, a blogger, who has been ruthlessly and consistently attacking Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes charges.
Ironically, Lee is on trial not for his attacks on Sri Lanka but for accusing the UNCA president Giampaolo Pioli of "accepting rent money" -- a legitimate transaction -- when he was the landlord of a New York city apartment rented out to Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative Ambassador Palitha Kohona about eight years ago when he was Chief of the UN Treaty Section.
According to Lee, Pioli expressed anger at the reporting because Lee accused the UNCA president of "arranging for Kohona to screen the government's genocide-rebuttal film 'Lies Agreed Upon" at the UN under UNCA auspices "without asking other UNCA executive board members about it and without the underlying Channel 4 film "Killing Fields" being screened at the UN."
Pioli admitted accepting rent from Kohona but denied the accusation he was biased in favour of Sri Lanka. And while Pioli demanded the article be removed from Lee's blog, Lee refused calling it censorship."
Lee is also accused of "unprofessional and unethical behaviour" -- a charge made by a Western news agency Bureau Chief with whom he is involved in a journalistic battle over non-attribution of a scoop which originated in Lee's blog. The UNCA executive committee voted 13 to 1 to set up a board of examination to probe the charges. The only dissenting vote came from Lee who is also in the ExCo.
Special thanks to Inner City Press
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