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Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 14.17.32As can be confirmed from the video recording, Shell was a prime target of the comment by Ed Vulliamy about journalism being infected by corporate public relations. This was in relation to the allegations made by former Shell “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, that Shell had corrupted the Irish Police Force by giving away free alcohol as bribes.

Article by Lorna Siggins published on 18 March 2014 by The Irish Times

Journalism has been “infected” by “corporate public relations” and the media is part of a “seamless troika” involving governments and corporations, according to the British war correspondent Ed Vulliamy.

The Guardian and Observer journalist, who has won awards for his reporting from Bosnia, the 9/11 attacks, Iraq and Mexico, said that resources had been curtailed to the extent that journalists had “shrunk in number” while those working in public relations had grown. Mr Vulliamy was addressing a discussion hosted by justice and peace group Afri in Carrowteigue, north Mayo, on the media and the Corrib gas project.

Oil spills

Public relations statements were quoted as if they were “objective truth”, he said, and Amnesty International had identified this in a report it published last November, where it found that Shell had wrongly attributed oil spills to sabotage during official investigations.

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The public meeting held on Sunday was streamed live on the Internet and a recording can be viewed here

As can be confirmed from the video recording, Shell  was a prime target of the comment by Ed Vulliamy about journalism being infected by corporate public relations. This was in relation to the allegations made by former Shell “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, that Shell had corrupted the Irish Police Force by giving free alcohol as bribes.

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