Fate gadfly journalist banned will be decided by the UN, the former New York Times bureau chief

UNITED NATIONS – While journalists, the Trump rail against the President ‘ s attack on the “fake news” media as “enemy of the people” at the United Nations, a reporter, his beat is fighting for life after he was thrown physically out and locked.

And a former New York Times bureau chief, holds the key to his destiny.

Matthew Lee, of the blog online Inner City Press, will soon learn whether he will be affected with a permanent ban from the U. N. headquarters for an alleged violation of the rules — the latest in a history of clashes with U. N. officials and colleagues of the reporters in his more than 10 years of trenches in the Turtle Bay.

The decision will be made by Alison Smale — the Under-Secretary-General for global communications and a former New York Times bureau chief.

Smale was appointed to the post last year after he served as the Times’ Berlin-in-chief since 2003. They originally came out in 1998. A former journalist himself, it is not clear whether the fighting between Trump and her former colleagues affect Smale ‘ s decision. (Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger says he was Trump said in a recent meeting with its rhetoric of “putting lives in danger.”)

Smale has not responded to requests for comments from Fox News.

Ban Lee just a few weeks before the annual General Assembly session might be, trump-who will be present — an easy way to brush off all criticism of the U. N. over its treatment of enemy Reporter.

“I am a free-press person, the idea that journalists are insulted, and physical damage — I’m against that,” Lee said on Thursday. “But the U. N. is much worse [than in the White House], it has physically attacked and banned a journalist for 37 days.”

Lee rarely covers DC politics, instead of the publication of approximately eight to 10 stories per day on almost everything related to the U. N., and often on topics that are almost unrecognizable to outsiders. With a mix of Twitter, periscope, and long blog posts to breathless, the events of other journalists hold, to the insignificant, he regularly brings the balls as a result and has a loyal group of followers within the U. N. itself.

If he breaks a story, no matter how big or small, he’s teasing readers with the Slogan: “We need more.” And he is in the rule-often to the chagrin of the U. N. officials he writes about.

The Government Accountability Project, the concern expressed about Lee’s treatment by the U. N., noted that he has broken stories about the role of U. N. peacekeepers bring cholera to Haiti, as well as the war crimes in Sri Lanka, Burundi and Sudan.

Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, will decide whether the ban is Matthew Lee permanently.


But last month, when he beat covered a late-night budget meeting, he was, allegedly, before he was thrown from the premises. The said U. N. that Lee had been the violation of the conditions of his non-resident correspondent pass and was restless-something that Lee disputes. U. N. officials say, it comes on the heels of a long history of bad behavior towards staff and other reporters of Lee.


Since then, Lee has been waiting to determine his fate, by Smale, but has not been idle. He was filing stories from a bus-stop for 12 hours per day outside the U. N. headquarters, where he catches fragments of Wi-Fi from passing buses.

“Spring or autumn would have been better to get the time, beaten up and out of the U. N.,” he jokes.

The Secretary-General, the spokesman’s office told Fox News last month that there is a review of the incident, but it seems that this review is taking into account the past incidents as well. U. N. Secretary General’s Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told Fox News that it already has a number of statements of fellow journalists, the Lee molested you over the years.

“Many journalists have not bothered, but not threatened by him, and that’s a problem,” Haq said.

Haq said that the two departments involved were Lee’s case, the Department of Public Information and the Department of safety and security, and that would be a conclusion in the next few days of Smale. He added that the process had taken, how long it was like the U. N. wanted to the procedure strictly.

But Lee says he has only one thing with certainty, and did not hear a word from DPI or Smale. He also rejects the allegation that he molested anyone, although admits that he has a difficult and combative relationship with some members of the U. N. corp press-the he describes as’t cliquish and ceilings too close to the powerful people, you’re looking for. Some of these journalists, meanwhile, have accused him, not real journalism.

Matthew Lee filing stories from a bus stop outside of the U. N.

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The U. N. Correspondents Association (UNCA), Lee left years ago, has an opinion on Lee’s rejected ‘ s case.

“It’s not totally comment to be appropriate for you, because you bucked the freedom of the press group,” Lee shrugged. “You represent those who seen the U. N. has to give to fit office space.”

Lee’s case has attracted the attention of some journalistic groups. The GAP described Lee’s treatment and said that you with regard to the U. N. is the ban on him as retaliation.

Lynn Walsh of the Society of Professional Journalists, said that it is always annoying to, reports on the alleged ill-treatment of journalists.

“One of the most important roles, the games journalists hold the powerful responsible, that state officials,” she told Fox News on Thursday. “Not so that journalists, means of access to public meetings and public officials, the government keeps the public in the dark. In the end, it is the public who loses, which ultimately in these situations. Journalists must not be punished for doing their job, and you should absolutely never physical assault of any kind.”

He’s waiting to decide on his fate, Lee is, what he can, and his ability, instead of an obscure U. N. official on the road is to serve him.

On Wednesday, shortly after the former Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, was announced as the new U. N. human rights chief, Lee, remained the first (and, how to write, only), like your predecessor, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein-who was not even aware that their name had officially.

Asked what he would do if Smale decides to revoke his credentials permanently, Lee is convinced: “In covering the U. N. it is my right to cover it. I’m not going anywhere.”

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Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.

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