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Inner City Press is a non-profit public interest organization best known for its investigations of the banking industry's treatment of low-income communities of color, at first within the United Statesmarker and more recently around the world.

History

Inner City Press was founded in 1987 in the South Bronx of New York Citymarker. Its first projects involved under-housed people fixing up abandoned buildings.

By the 1990s, Inner City Press began working on issues of exclusion of financial services, overburdening with environmental toxins, and lack of accountability by government and corporations to low-income areas. In 1994, Inner City Press' challenges using the Community Reinvestment Act resulted in four banks opening new branches in the South Bronx. By 1998, Inner City Press' challenges had resulted in over $7 billion of commitments in new lending to low income people. Some in the banking industry opine that Inner City Press' challenges are indiscriminate.

Present

In mid-2006, investigative journalism at the UN by Inner City Press exposed human rights abuses in the forcible disarmament programs carried out by the Uganda People's Defense Force in the Karamoja region of Uganda. The United Nations Development Programme halted its activities in the region.

In 2006 in U.S. journalism, Lee and Inner City Press were engaged in litigation to deem the "citizens-only" provision of the Freedom of Information Act of Delaware (and ten other states) to be unconstitutional.

On February 13th, Google removed Inner City Press from Google News, allegedly due to pressure from the UN.

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