Journalist asking inconvenient questions in Copenhagen (video)

A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him inconvenient questions during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Professor Stephen Schneiders assistant requested armed UN security officers who held film maker Phelim McAleer, ordered him to stop filming and prevented further questioning after the press conference where the Stanford academic was launching a book.

McAleer, a veteran journalist and film maker, has recently made a documentary Not Evil Just Wrong which takes a sceptical look at the science and politics behind Global Warming concerns.

He asked Professor Schneider about his opinions on Climategate where leaked emails have revealed that a senior British professor deleted data and encouraged colleagues to do likewise if it contradicted their belief in Global Warming.

Professor Phil Jones, the head of Britains Climate Research Unit, has temporarily stood down pending an investigation into the scandal.

Professor Schneider, who is a senior member of the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he would not comment on emails that may have been incomplete or edited.

During some testy exchanges with McAleer, UN officials and Professor Schneiders assistants twice tried to cut short McAleers question.

However as the press conference drew to a close Professor Schneiders assistant called armed UN security guards to the room. They held McAleer and aggressively ordered cameraman Ian Foster to stop filming. The guard threatened to take away the camera and expel the film crew from the conference if they did not obey his instructions to stop filming Professor Schneider.

The guard demanded to look at the film crews press credentials and refused to allow them to film until Professor Schneider left the room.
McAleer said he was disappointed by Professor Schneiders behaviour.

It was a press conference. Climategate is a major story it goes to the heart of the Global Warming debate by calling into question the scientific data and the integrity of many scientists involved.

These questions should be answered. The attempts by UN officials and Professor Schneiders assistant to remove my microphone were hamfisted but events took a more sinister turn when they called an armed UN security officer to silence a journalist.

Two officers corralled the film crew and one officer can be seen on tape threatening the cameraman. The Guard can also be heard warning that if the crew did not stop filming their would seize the equipment and the journalists expelled from the conference.

McAleer says he has made an official complaint tabout the incident.

I have met Mr Christopher Ankerson the UNs head of security for the conference and he has confirmed it was Professor Schneiders staff who asked the security guards to come corral us at the press conference. Mr Ankerson could not say what grounds the security guard had for ordering us to stop filming.

This is a blatant attempt to stop journalists doing journalism and asking hard questions. It is not the job of armed UN security officers to stop legitimate journalists asking legitimate questions of senior members of the UNs IPCC.

Professor Schneider was interviewed for McAleers Not Evil Just Wrong documentary but lawyers later wrote to McAleer saying he was withdrawing permission for the interview to be used.

McAleer, who is from Ireland, has gained quite a reputation for asking difficult questions of those who have been promoting the idea of man-made Global Warming.

His microphone was cut off after he asked former vice-president Al Gore about the British court case which found that An Inconvenient Truth had a nine significant errors and exaggerations. Almost 500,000 people have watched the incident on youtube.

Gore annuleert lezing bij milieutop

Al Gore. KOPENHAGEN – Nobelprijswinnaar en klimaatactivist Al Gore heeft een duurbetaalde lezing in Kopenhagen voor een select Deens publiek afgezegd „vanwege onvoorziene omstandigheden” in zijn programma.

Dat meldde de Wallstreet Journal maandag op gezag van het Deense dagblad Berlingske Media.

Al Gore zou tijdens de VN-klimaattop 16 december zijn referaat ”Climate Conclusions” uitspreken. Ongeveer 3000 belangstellenden hadden elk 1209 dollar betaald om de lezing te mogen bijwonen en de Amerikaan de hand te schudden.

De verwijzing op de promotiepagina www.VisitCopenhagen.com is inmiddels niet meer beschikbaar. Vreemd genoeg was de site al uit de lucht voordat de belangstellenden geďnformeerd werden over het eenzijdig cancelen van de afspraak, rapporteert de Wallstreet Journal.

„We weten niet precies waarom de lezing is afgezegd”, vertelt Lisbeth Knudsen van de Berlingske Media. Ze noemt het een „grote teleurstelling”.

Kalee Kreider, de woordvoerdster van Al Gore, stelt volgens het Deense dagblad Don Surber dat de beslissing genomen is „vanwege alle gebeurtenissen rond de top.”

De vraag blijft welke „onvoorziene omstandigheden” Al Gore deden besluiten zijn lezing niet uit te spreken. Dat leidt tot speculatie in de Amerikaanse media of de zogenoemde ”climate gate” mogelijk de reden is.

Met de term ”climate gate” -klimaatschandaal- wordt gedoeld op de kwestie dat hackers vorige maand 3000 documenten over de toestand van het klimaat op internet hebben gezet. De documenten zouden aanwijzingen geven dat het IPCC -het VN-panel, dat zich bezighoudt met het klimaat- zich zou hebben gebaseerd op gemanipuleerde cijfers.

Bron: Refdag.nl