Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Fight U.N. censorship in Copenhagen ~ By Joseph Farah

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
Joseph Farah By Joseph Farah Posted: December 02, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 It's bad enough the United Nations is blessing the sham of man-made, catastrophic climate change in Copenhagen next week at a convention billed as a major step forward for global governance. But now we know the U.N. will try to have its cake and eat it, too, by denying press credentials to news agencies like WND that have reported skeptically on the "global warming" charade. WND, the largest independent English-language Internet news source in the world, applied for press credentials to the Copenhagen shindig weeks ago. WND was to be represented by senior staff writer Jerome Corsi, an expert on energy and politics and the author of two No. 1 New York Times best-selling works of nonfiction. With no word from Copenhagen, WND began shaking the tree of Axel Wuestenhagen, media coordinator for the event, even threatening legal action if the credentials were not immediately forthcoming. He sent apologies a week ago, blaming the delay on a backlog of requests. Then, on Monday, the other shoe dropped. Wuestenhagen wrote to WND's legal counsel explaining that WND would be excluded from covering the convention. He made the decision, he admitted, after consulting with U.N. officials in New York. "Having now reviewed the application and in consultation with the Media and Accreditation Unit in New York, regrettably, we are not in a position to grant accreditation in this instance," he wrote. "As a for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit Western Journalism Center, we follow the U.N. guidelines on accreditation which specifies that advocacy publications of nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation. Please note that the organization is under no obligation to accept your request if it does not meet U.N. standards and requirements for press accreditation." A nice try. It was the same bogus argument made years earlier when the Senate Press Gallery in Washington denied WND credentials to cover the Capitol – a decision later reversed when WND threatened to sue everybody involved for abridging First Amendment rights. READ FULL STORY >
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