A leading Brussels based think-tank, Corporate Europe Observatory just released a fascinating new report, entitled “Spin doctors to the autocrats: how European PR firms whitewash repressive regimes.” The full report dictates how European Public Relations companies work to protect and white-wash the work of nations throughout the world.
Some of the more telling quotes:
“Mother Teresa doesn’t need our services. She isn’t going to come to us as a client. It’s always the difficult issues. If someone is willing to spend money on media relations, it’s because they have a problem.” Ivo Ilic Gabara of PR firm BGR Gabara, 2011
“When Peter Bingle, former Public Affairs chair for Bell Pottinger, was grilled by a committee of British MPs who asked him, “You’ve worked for mass murders, racists, people who’ve oppressed their own people…. Doesn’t the public have a right to know who your clients are?” Bingle replied: “The public has no right to know.”
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