The United Nations Correspondents Association has commenced an investigation into renowned Inner City Press correspondent Matthew Russel Lee, who has on several occasions attacked Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes.
One charge against him is that of the alleged harassment of his colleagues at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
According to the Asian Tribune, a highly placed diplomatic source had stated that the UNCA executive committee voted 13 to 1 to set up an Examination Board to investigate the charges against Lee.
The only dissenting vote came from Lee who is also a member of the executive committee.
Lee is on trial not for his attacks on Sri Lanka but for accusing the UNCA President Giampaolo Pioli of ‘accepting rent money’– a legitimate transaction – when he was the landlord of a New York City apartment.
If Lee is impeached, he would be the first UNCA journalist to be expelled from the association.