Algeria’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammed Bessedik called “unacceptable” the fact that the reports of the UN meetings were still characterized by “bias, subjectivity and misinformation”, and disapproved the continued violation of the principles of the UN Charter.
“It is unacceptable that despite the joint calls regularly made to this august Assembly by member states, incoherencies continue to be observed in the press statements released ahead of UN meetings,” said Bessedik during a UN meeting on information-related issues.
Algeria reiterated its call for objective and impartial reports just a few days after misdemeanours committed by the Meetings Coverage Section during the coverage of the work of the Fourth Committee on Decolonization.
Reports on the debate on the Western Sahara issue were largely biased and were characterized by misleading content worthy of a partisan press.
The title “Western Sahara represented by Shadow Republic” was given by the Meetings Coverage Section to the report of the Committee’s 6th meeting released on 12 October.
It goes without saying that it is not the first time the Meetings Coverage Section makes a mistake. Last year, the section was at the heart of a “serious case of manipulation” after it distorted the comments made by speakers in the work of the Fourth Committee.
Algeria’s representative said that the “titles of the press releases” of many UN Committees “are characterized by partiality, subjectivity and disinformation.”
“We disapprove this continual violations of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and other relevant resolutions and decisions,” regretted the Algerian diplomat who urged the Deputy Secretary General to ensure strict compliance with these principles in order to avoid such situations in the future.
“We also want those who write press releases to refrain from introducing their own comments and limit themselves to accurately reporting debates,” said Bessedik.
“Mistakes must be corrected, not constantly repeated,” stressed Bessedik.
Besides, the Algerian diplomat welcomed the Deputy Secretary General’s commitment to rectifying the situation, and affirmed that “the credibility of the action of the UN system it at stake.”