Greenpeace plans Heathrow media offensive

Greenpeace is to send out secret Whitehall documents to journalists this weekend in an attempt to generate a wave of negative coverage about the Government's controversial plans for expanding Heathrow.

Runway: offensive
Runway: offensive

Greenpeace comms director Ben Stewart told PRWeek that the documents show how the Government is colluding with airport operator BAA to ‘fix’ the consultation for a third runway at Heathrow.

Greenpeace obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Request.

They will be sent to national journalists in spoof Airfix plane model boxes. Also inside the box is a set of assembly instructions to put together Prime Minister Gordon Brown and BAA’s CEO Stephen Nelson to create ‘consultation collusion’.

There is also a CD with video footage of people opposed to the expansion plans.

As well as journalists, the kits are being sent to BAA and Department for Transport officials, as well as cabinet ministers. Greenpeace hopes this will send a signal to these people that they are being monitored.

Stewart said that the organisation had chosen a 'fun way' to present the information because it wanted to encourage journalists to read what could often be complicated freedom of information documents.

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