Tuesday, September 12, 2006

PR accused of mass human rights violation cover-up

According to Kolawole Olaniyan, Amnesty International's Africa Programme Director, a cover up of mass human rights violations among the poorest people in Zimbabwe is a public relations practice.

I take offense.

His comments, published in ZimbabweJournalist.com
and Reuters are a direct attack on the work of Sarah Green, Eulette Ewart, Neil Durkin and Steve Ballinger who are all practicing public relations employees of Amnesty International and whose profession, this statement infers, can be directed towards human rights violations.

A sad state of affairs that Amnesty should employ such people unless
Kolawole Olaniyan mistakes public relations for state propaganda. If so one might expect a public apology to his colleagues and my profession.