Nuclear waste coverage lifts Greenpeace profile

Greenpeace stormed into the top ten of September’s NGO Watch on the back of coverage about plans to ship British nuclear waste to central Asia for reprocessing.

Human rights continued to head the NGO agenda, although the number of articles achieved by Amnesty International fell significantly.

The Red Cross remained in the number one slot following its involvement in securing the safe return of two Italian women taken hostage in Iraq.

Amnesty continued to remain in the news for its work in Sudan after it called for an increase in monitors to ensure greater security in the region.

Friends of the Earth jumped from fifth to third place when it responded positively to a speech given by Conservative leader Michael Howard, describing his comments on environment issues such as climate change and the Kyoto accord as ‘some of the most sensible from a Conservative leader in many years’.

The RSPCA was also propelled into the top five following its support for a ban on hunting and its opposition to the protest in the House of Commons by the pro-hunting group Countryside Alliance.

Oxfam garnered coverage for welcoming an initiative by Chancellor Gordon Brown to write off the UK’s share of Third World debt.

ASH flew into the top ten after reports indicated that health secretary John Reid could be about to take action to restrict smoking in public places following the charity’s campaign for a ban.

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