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Rwanda: How dare you accuse our client of genocide

On December 7, 2011, in Ethics, by Editor

A public relations firm whose senior management has close links to the Liberal Democrats said they had created an internet “attack site” for the government of Rwanda over accusations it had been involved in genocide. – By Melanie Newman and Oliver Wright, The Independent, UK Mark Pursey, head of BTP Advisers, was secretly recorded saying […]

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Vicious dictatorship which Bell Pottinger was prepared to do business with

On December 6, 2011, in Ethics, by Editor

Exposed: Public relations firm’s dealings with some of the world’s most controversial regimes. – By Shaun Walker, Russian Correspondent, The Independent, UK Most of the countries of the former Soviet Union have problems with democracy and human rights, to put it mildly. There is the unpleasant dictatorship of Belarus, on Europe’s doorstep, and the surreal […]

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The Sting: The fake ‘Azimov Group’ meets Bell Pottinger

On December 6, 2011, in Ethics, by Editor

Britain is gaining a reputation as an international centre of image laundering, with the lack of regulation meaning that PR companies can represent the most repressive regimes without public scrutiny. – By Oliver Wright and Oliver Duff, The Independent, UK In the US lobbyists working for foreign governments have to publicly disclose their client contracts […]

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Church: ‘I sang at his wedding. We’d done a deal’

On November 29, 2011, in Ethics, by Editor

Charlotte Church says she waived £100,000 fee from Murdoch in return for ‘favourable’ coverage – only to be phone-hacked. – By James Cusick, The Independent, UK Rupert Murdoch used the power of his global media empire to cut a deal with the singer Charlotte Church that ensured the teenage star sang for free at his […]

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