Inner City Press is a registered charity and Matthew Russell Lee refuses to reveal where his funding comes from. This raises questions about potential conflicts of interest. He should not be accredited as a U.N. journalist. The U.N. Department of Public Information says on the accreditation website that it “must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly] … Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations.”
Complaints have been made against him for his menacing and threatening behavior that has left many journalists at the United Nations in worried about their safety. Many also view him as a cyber bully. His “media critique” involves personal online attacks against other journalists, who are unable to defend themselves as Lee does not allow comments to be made on his blog. His stories are not edited by anyone. When he is scooped by other journalists, which happens regularly, he throws what can only be described as an online tantrum. I believe Lee’s journalism ethics and standards leave much to be desired.
UNCA is a more than 60 year old organization with almost 200 paying members. Lee’s “FUNCA” consists of three, maybe four, members. There is absolutely no comparison between the two.
The state of Lee’s office was described by U.N. officials as a health, safety and fire hazard. You only have to look at those photos. For him to blame the U.N. cleaners for his mess is just despicable.