Has the United Nations has just named Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe as a “global leader for tourism”?
Canadian and UK outlets lead the early reportage on this development as does one American journalist named Stephen Colbert. MSNBC also reported the story yesterday.
It’s not on the front pages of CNN, Huffington, or Drudge. It’s not even on the CNN archive:
Is the Mugabe/UN story even true?
From the UK’s The Week:
The problem with the outraged headlines is that the United Nations has not appointed Robert Mugabe as their tourism ambassador. Or envoy. Or, indeed, anything at all. Mugabe, along with Zambian President Michael Sata, had been to Victoria Falls to sign an agreement with the UN World Tourism Organisation that will see the two countries co-host the UNWTO general assembly in August next year.
The UN says it is simply trying to encourage the poorer African nations to promote tourism as a valuable source of revenue. The United Nations is very clear, however, that it has not appointed Mugabe to any formal position at all.