" in 1991 it became necessary to register as an NGO to have continued access." (Emphasis added)
This is the statement many forum members believe is a documentable lie, but I’ve not yet seen incontrovertible evidence of this.
In 1991, the Dag Hammerskold Library evidently put in place more stringent entrance requirements. Entrance would be limited to those with a grounds pass, which is issued to three different categories of patrons: (1) UN staff members, (2) institutions whose applications documented a legitimate research interest, and (3) organizations which became affiliated with the Department of Public Information.
Thus, it evidently became “necessary” in 1991 for any organization to qualify in one of these three ways if it wished to have continued access to the main library. Thus, when the Watchtower says that it became "necessary" to affiliate itself with the DPI, it seems to be the truth, not a lie.
Careful readers will note that I twice used the word “evidently” in my comments above; I did so because I do not have any evidence that the requirements for admission to the library were changed in 1991, beyond the statement from the Watchtower. Nor do I have any evidence that they were not changed. Thus, given that the Watchtower is not making an extraordinary claim, and given that such a claim could easily be contradicted if it were false, I am assuming that the Watchtower’s statement about the requirements is accurate.
Accusers who claim that the Watchtower is lying about the requirements for entrance to the library being changed in 1991 are making an extraordinary claim, and therefore are required to come up with the extraordinary evidence to back up that extraordinary claim.
Does it exist?
Until someone can provide written documentation from the security officer in charge of the main library in 1991, or from any other official in a position to know what the entrance requirements were in 1991, that unambiguously shows that there were NO changes put in place in that year, then all the Watchtower accusers will have is their fervent hope--indeed, expectation--that the Watchtower is lying. However, hope and expectation cannot take the place of real evidence; until it is forthcoming, I think one should not be so quick to assume that just because the Watchtower has been deceitful in so many other matters, that it is being deceitful here. If the accusers are wrong and are publicly condemned as wrong, they will be painted by the Watchtower as overzealous apostates who wish to bring down the Watchtower at any cost, including lying, and the efforts of so many sincere former and current Jehovah’s Witnesses to bring about change will be set back immeasurably.
Will someone provide the written evidence showing that there definitely were no changes put in place in 1991? If that's provided, then I will be quick to agree that either the Watchtower was lying about the change in 1991, or else they are just hoping that that is what happened; either way, the Watchtower will look very bad indeed. On the other hand, if it's not provided, then forum members should stop accusing the Watchtower of lying about the requirements for entrance to the library.
Joseph F. Alward
"Skeptical Views of Christianity and the Bible"