Wednesday, February 20, 2008

VICTORY Nr.# 6: Google Reinstates InnercityPress - Mathew Lee

NEW YORK — Google News quietly reinstated Tuesday the articles of a news service that routinely exposes U.N. corruption, a day after FOXNews.com ran a story about the Internet giant's decision to remove Inner City Press from its search engine.

Inner City Press returned to the Google News search late in the day, but much sooner than the "couple weeks" a Google representative had promised. The week of stories the news service ran since Google News dropped it on Feb. 13 were not restored.

The news outlet, run by journalist Matthew Lee, has been critical of the U.N. and internal corruption within the organization. Lee was informed that Google News would drop his organization in a Feb. 8 e-mail.

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Someone complained to Google early this month that Inner City Press was a one-man operation, violating the Google News ground rule that news organizations listed must have two or more employees, according to Gabriel Stricker, a Google spokesman.

Lee, who insists his organization has appropriate staff, believes someone within the U.N. pressured Google to drop him. The U.N. denies the charges.

Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google Speaking at a press briefing Tuesday, Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said, "The Secretary-General has often spoken out in favor of press freedom and will continue to do so, but that insinuating that he, or his staff, is linked to the decision taken by Google News to de-list Inner City Press is blatantly false and misleading."

Since 2005, Lee's been focusing almost entirely on stories that deal with internal corruption inside the U.N., posting several stories online almost daily.

He's been especially interested in the inner workings of what could be called the practical-applications arm of the international organization, the United Nations Development Programme.

Google said the "de-listing" was due to a misunderstanding and agreed to restore Inner City Press stories to the Google News service.

The reaction to the de-listing, however temporary, had been furious. The non-profit Government Accountability Project lambasted the company, calling Inner City Press "the most effective and important media organization for U.N. whistleblowers."

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ban Ki-moon is a liar because everyone knows that UNDP censored InnercityPress through its vendor machine - Google.

Anonymous said...

David Morrison should go and resign over this- he has lied so much until now that we really have had enough.

Anonymous said...

where is staff council ? Why don't they speak out ? are they dead?

Anonymous said...

if UNDP dared to openly censor InnercityPress inside Untied States terriroty, this means that they don't fear anyone and they are protected somehow somewhere up...very up. Because if InnercityPress can prove that UNDP indeed was on the back of all this - people will end up in jail.

Anonymous said...

no one ends in jail in UN. They all have immunities and hide very well behind those. this is UN.

Anonymous said...

well what you expect, a poor staff throws herself from the 19th floor and UN doesn't find the moral obligation to provide with an explanation to staff. Again is the victim's fault that she thrown herself from the 19th floor of the UN building. But one can question, why should a person, dress - up, and come to work on a sunday to throw herself from the UN? Why didn't she thru herself from her own building ? Is she making a statement by doing so?

Anonymous said...

you are totally right - at UN the fault is always the victim. Never the management. Always the UN tries to make the victims look crazy, same as with whistleblowers, they are crazy too...
Because at the UN everyone is clean. what a fucking shame.

Anonymous said...

shame shame on Ban Ki-moon, but more on the Staff Union Federation which doesn't stand for the truth and doesn't presure the management to demand clear independent investigation and find why should a UN employee throw herself fromt he building. Isn't the UN the best place to work for?

modestypress said...

I have been impressed by the work of Innercitypress for a while. I am glad to see that censorship against them was forestalled.