NGO watch: Attacks on oil profits keep FoE media exposure high

NGO Watch chart-topper Friends of the Earth (FoE) retained its status as the most written about charity last month by turning its spotlight on oil companies.

Its fury over the record profits posted by BP and Shell (£13bn and £11bn respectively) secured 335 mentions – ensuring top spot for the third consecutive month.

'Oil companies must be forced to face up to wider responsibilities on climate change, on the environment and on human rights,' said FoE head of corporate accountability Craig Bennett.

He urged an imposition of higher taxes on oil companies, claiming that the public were 'directly contributing towards their profits'.

Fuel was also an issue for Age Concern after Scottish Power increased domestic bills by 25 per cent. 'These rises will do nothing to arrest the strong link between increasing winter deaths in Scotland and fuel poverty,' warned Age Concern chief executive Gordon Manion.

MPs' vote for a total ban on smoking in public places sent the Cancer Research UK press team into overdrive in support. The charity was third with 177 articles.

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