Verdict: the BOI’s recording of Bell Pottinger was in the public interest
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PCU thought enough had been said here about this prince of lobbyists – see the eight posts listed below, especially the one asking if the latest revelations would be quickly forgotten and fearing they would.
We can now report their resurrection, due to a ham-fisted move by Bell Pottinger itself, hoping to muzzle the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and those who publish its reports.
Bell Pottinger complained to the Press Complaints Commission – through Carter-Ruck solicitors – that a series of articles produced by the Bureau, published in the Independent last December, had been based on information obtained through subterfuge. The establishment’s PR firm claimed that the material was not of sufficient public interest to merit the Bureau’s undercover investigation.
However the PCC found that there was indeed a ‘broad public interest in exploring the relationship between lobbying and politics’ and that it would not have been possible to obtain details of the techniques used to represent tainted regimes through other means.
PCU’s Bell Pottinger Roll of Dishonour
Open letter to David Cameron on lobbying – December 10th, 2011
Wikipedia investigates Bell Pottinger-related accounts – December 8th, 2011
‘Shock, horror’? Bell-Pottinger’s influence over government is in the news . . . – December 6th, 2011
The corporate political nexus: no change! – February 7th, 2011
Liberal Democrats: beware lobbyists! – June 2nd, 2010
The chairman of PR firm Bell Pottinger defends its policy . . . – February 25th, 2010
David Cameron should make good his promise to monitor and curb such lobbying
Posted on August 12, 2012, in Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Lobbying, Secret State, Vested interests and tagged Bell Pottinger, Bell Pottinger Roll of Dishonour, Carter Ruck, Press Complaints Commission. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.