News

Protest in Jaffna over UN ban on news agency

1 March 2016 - 263   - 0

A group of protesters staged a demonstration in front of the UN regional office in Jaffna demanding that news agency Inner City Press' (ICP) be allowed access to the UN headquarters in New York. 

The protest was arranged by  Anandhi Saistharan and M.K.Sivajilingham, the councilors of Northern Provincial Council (NPC). They claimed that the news agency  raised questions on critical issues which emerged during the final phases of the war in Sri Lanka and failures of the UN to protect civilians. In February the ICP was debarred from the UN Press Briefing Room following a notice issued by UN Under Secretary General.

The Inner City Press broke stories ranging from peacekeeper rapes in Africa, war crimes in Sri Lanka, Burundi, the Sudans, SEMG and Yemen, to corruption in UN Headquarters, including for example cocaine shipments through its mail room and the current bribery scandals surrounding John Ashe, Ng Lap Seng and Frank Lorenzo.

ICP's official websited claimed  on February 19, founder of the news agency Matthew Russell Lee was given only two hours notice to leave the UN, closing down his shared office space and lugging eight years of investigative files with him. He asked for time, went to cover a UN Security Council meeting on Syria - and was pushed out of the building with his UN Resident Correspondents pass torn off, without even his coat or passport, by eight UN Security guards.

DSC_0040 DSC_0032

 

  Comments - 0

  • Leave a comment

Top Stories

Swimming: Kimiko Raheem set up four records in Canada

Kimiko Raheem, Sri Lanka’s backstroke specialist, recorded her fastest time ever in the 50m Backstroke event established four national record...

10 December 2016 - Views : 50

Half Sri Lanka's contracts are corrupt: President

9 December 2016

Cutoff marks for Grade five examination issued

9 December 2016

Presidents meets representatives of leftist parties

9 December 2016



style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-6200193111498313"
data-ad-slot="1999573490">

 

Features & Analysis

Envoy Concept 2017

Fouzul Hameed recently presented ‘Envoy Concept 2017’, at an exclusive and high profile gathering that to...

Australian actress Sharni Vinson shares Sri Lankan holiday pictures with followers

The Australian actress Sharni Vinson - famous for her roles in You're Next and Step Up 3D - is currently on holid...

Food and fun fair at Indian Cultural Centre

Indian Cultural Centre will be organizing a Food and fun fair on Saturday,  December 17, 2016 from 10 am to...

Dutch Burgher Union Christmas sale on Dec 4

The much looked forward to Dutch Burgher Union Christmas Sale is on  December 4, 2016 from 8.30  a.m.&...



style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-6200193111498313"
data-ad-slot="1999573490">