SHOULD a media watchdog really be referring publicists for activist organizations to journalists likely to be sympathetic to their cause – especially if the query concerns an upcoming “media regulation” campaign that, given the group's activities in the UK, will almost certainly be aimed at News Ltd?
Media Watch’s Jonathan Holmes appears to think it is just fine.
@amyabarry Amy Barry
More on Avaaz here, here, here, and here.
UPDATE: How Avaaz works (scroll down to Hilton Hotels vs. The Rape Trade):
24 hours after 317,000 Avaazers called on the Hilton CEO to sign a code of conduct on the rape trade or face hard-hitting ads in his hometown, we got a frantic call from his vice-president. 'You're going to WHAT?', she asked. Hilton had dragged its feet for months. We gave them four days, and they signed. Now 180,000 hotel employees will be trained to spot and prevent the horror of of sex slavery of women and girls.Why a hotel chain should be held accountable for rape is not immediately clear. Perhaps Jonathan Holmes can explain the connection next week on Media Watch.