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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Is UN Reform a Platform for Media Profiling?

[b]Is UN Reform a Platform for Media Profiling?[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations, 31 January, (IPS): [/b]The 132-member Group of 77, the largest single coalition of developing nations, has lambasted the U.N. Secretariat for holding press briefings on sensitive management issues, and selectively leaking information on allegations of fraud and corruption in the world body.

Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, the deputy permanent representative of South Africa, says that reports requested by the 191-member General Assembly are being leaked to the mainstream news media even before they are released to member states.

Speaking on behalf of the Group of 77, Mabhongo said: "These actions and allegations made to the press have seriously undermined the oversight role of member states and by extension the General Assembly," the highest policy-making body at the United Nations.

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