Voluntary Sector: Charities piggyback G8 to dominate news coverage

Coverage of the final run-up to Live 8 meant Oxfam moved to the top of the NGO Watch table in June, but the wide range of issues on the agenda at the G8 summit gave other groups plenty of opportunities to make their voices heard.

'The climate change issue received almost as much media coverage as the issue of aid to Africa,' said Chris Thomas, head of research at table compiler Infonic. Friends of the Earth's call for Tony Blair to confront George W Bush over 'the confusion about climate change spread by president Bush and companies like Exxon' put it in second place.

Oxfam was also involved in the International Action Network on Small Arms campaign that saw Amnesty International (fifth in the table) hire a tank and drive around London delivering a report on the arms trade to embassies of the G8 nations.

As well as announcing an increase in aid to the stricken Darfur region of Sudan, the Red Cross drew attention to the environmental impact of rebuilding areas devastated by last year's Boxing Day tsunami.

Indonesian representative Chris Nixon claimed the amount of wood needed to rebuild the city of Banda Aceh would take 'a forest the size of Manchester'.

Plans to ban smoking in enclosed and food-serving public places enabled Cancer Research to express support while lobbying ministers for a blanket ban.

'We believe public support for smoke-free legislation is stronger than ever,' said Cancer Research chief executive professor Alex Markham.

The only animal charity to feature in the table was the RSPCA, which highlighted the 'growing problem of dog theft', and urged the police and local authorities to do more to combat it.

NGO WATCH - JUNE 2005 RANKING Ranking NGO No of mentions 1 Oxfam 244 2 Friends of the Earth 227 3 Red Cross 211 4 Cancer Research 178 5 Amnesty International 176 6 British Heart Foundation 139 7 Greenpeace 120 8 Christian Aid 108 9 RSPCA 81 10 Human Rights Watch 73 Source: Infonic

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