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UN DPI stands exposed after summarily expelling ICP's Matthew Lee

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 February 2016, 23:40 GMT]
UN Department of Public Information (UN-DPI) last Friday summarily expelled, without due process, UN accredited journalist Matthew Russell Lee, who is well known for his independent and critical coverage on matters related to the injustices committed by the UN officials in New York since 2005. Mr Lee has been continuously questioning the UN officials whenever they were attempting to conceal the demand for independent international investigations on Tamil genocide under the carpet. The ICP journalist was behind bringing out leaked UN documents during the times of the war exposing the casualty figures. After May 2009, he was systematically exposing the tip of the iceberg findings of UN shielding the genocidal SL State through his sharp observation of the workings from within the UN premises itself as an independent journalist.

Matthew Lee, covers UN for ICP
Matthew Lee, covers UN for ICP
Matthew Russell Lee was exposing the concealing activities that involved UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's Chief of Staff, who was behind luring LTTE Political Head, Puleedevan and others who walked carrying white flags on 18 May and were brutally subjected to genocidal onslaught.

Mr Lee was visiting the island when UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was touring the war-torn areas in 2009. There is a murky history between Mr Moon and Sri Lanka, he told Blogginghead TV in 2011.

Mr Lee has also been questioning the conduct of UN Correspondents' Association (UNCA), which screened Colombo regime's rebuttal to Killing Fields while not allowing the Channel 4 documentary in the UN despite a request.

UNCA's president Gianpaolo Pioli was earlier accepting money as rent from Palitha Kohona for years, Mr Lee disclosed in 2011.

Last year, while UN officials were reluctant to recognise the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) resolution demanding international investigation on Tamil genocide, Mr Lee was again at it, questioning the UN officials in New York whether they had received the copy of the resolution during their visit.

Also, earlier this year, Mr Lee was repeatedly questioning the UN officials on Colombo backtracking on its promise of allowing independent international judges in the investigations on international crimes committed in the island.

In addition to the UNCA, corporate-operated journalists deployed as agency reporters to cover the UN affairs have also been operating against the whistleblowing blogger Mr Lee.

Back in 2008, when his stories started to reach the masses through the Internet, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was allegedly behind sending complaints to Google search engine to de-list Matthew's stories from being included in Google News. Following the fury from the readers and especially after the GAP lambasted the search company, the spokespersons of Google acknowledged their misunderstanding and restored the availability of Inner City Press through Google News.

Four years later the UNCA and agency reporters inside the UN premises again harassed Mr Lee.

Even the conservative media in USA has recognised Mr Lee as a persistent journalist, who was willing to ask uncomfortable questions targeting the UN officials at almost every UN press briefing.

It is the United Nations, which stands exposed as nations that are deprived of their states are being continuously subjected to repeated injustices under the influence of big powers.

Eezham Tamils would always thankfully remember the contribution of the ICP and Matthew Russell Lee for centuries to come.

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