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Is the UN trying to block Inner City Press from google?

June 6, 2009

Fox News – U.N. Denies Targeting News Outlets Over Coverage

A U.N. spokeswoman on Wednesday denied a report that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and three U.N. officials met last month to discuss critical news coverage by FOX News, the Wall Street Journal and Inner City Press.

The report by Inner City Press’ Matthew Lee said that Under Secretary-General Angela Kane met on May 8 with Under Secretary for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka, Under Secretary for Legal Affairs Patricia O’Brien, U.N. Director of Communications Michael Meyer and U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas to devise a strategy to “counter negative coverage” by the three media outlets.

Lee, in his report, cited minutes from the meeting prepared by Kane. He claimed the minutes initially were shown to him and then read to him by an unidentified source.

“We propose writing to professional journalistic bodies which regulate the journalists concerned as well as letters to the editors with copies to their companies’ legal counsel,” the minutes stated, according to Lee.

But Montas, the spokeswoman, told on Wednesday that “there were no minutes” to the meeting and that Lee actually quoted from a memo to Ban regarding concerns raised by the U.N. Medical Service in connection to previous reporting by Lee on allegations of unlicensed doctors and nurses at the international agency.

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