Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON, October 16, 2007—In a special report on the Accuracy in Media website http://www.aim.org, AIM editor Cliff Kincaid exposes how allegations of sexual harassment and pornography figured in a major scandal that rocked the International Seabed Authority (ISA), one of the main U.N. institutions created by the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty. The U.S. Senate is now considering ratification of the controversial pact, a move that could provide millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the U.N. entity.

Acting on information provided by a confidential U.N. source, who said that the ISA has been plagued by mismanagement and lack of ethical oversight, Kincaid says the scandal is only one in a series of problems that have afflicted the new U.N. entity based in Kingston, Jamaica. He also documents how many members of the U.N. treaty organization have failed to pay their dues or even show up for meetings. 

AIM has provided ongoing coverage of the debate over the treaty because many elements of the major U.S. media, including the New York Times and TV personality Barbara Walters, have been caught providing funds to the pro-U.N. lobby group, the United Nations Association. “Our major media are in the tank for the United Nations,” Kincaid said. “They have made a deliberate decision to keep the American people in the dark about the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty because they want to see it passed quietly and without public notice or discussion. We are doing our best to break the media black-out.”

Kincaid?s special report, ?Scandal Rocks U.N. Sea Treaty Organization,? is available at http://www.aim.org/special_report/5822_0_8_0_C/

Accuracy in Media is a citizens’ media watchdog organization whose mission is to promote fairness, balance, and accuracy in news reporting.  Founded in 1969, AIM is the oldest non-profit press watchdog group in America.  For more information, please visit http://www.aim.org.

To arrange an interview with AIM editor Cliff Kincaid, contact Sarah Schaerr Norton at (202) 364-4401 ext. 107 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).




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