In five categories – family, friendships, sex, drugs and drink – the UK scored lowest among the world’s 21 most advanced economies.
More than 300 outlets covered the study, which prompted children’s commissioner for England Sir Al Aynsley-Green to conclude there was ‘a crisis at the heart of our society’.
Elsewhere, coverage of Greenpeace’s dramatic battle with a Japanese whaling fleet in the stormy Antarctic Ocean moved the organisation from eighth in January’s chart to second this time around.
Meanwhile, Comic Relief stepped up preparations for its annual fundraiser by revealing a strategy to target networking sites such as YouTube and MySpace.
Mentions in 259 news items put the charity fourth.
Finally, the RSPCA’s investigation into whether ‘fake’ fur actually contained dog hair garnered 263 items of coverage for the animal charity. However, it dropped from first place in January to third in the latest chart.
NGO WATCH February 2007 ranking
|Ranking ||NGO ||No. of mentions |
|05.||Friends of the Earth ||248|
|06.||Cancer Research UK||214|
|07.||Age Concern ||203|
|08.||Red Cross ||187|
|10.||Citizens Advice Bureau ||173|