Red Cross quake appeal dominates May coverage

The earthquake that rocked Indonesia's principal island of Java on 27 May prompted a swift response from aid agency Red Cross.

The charity’s cash donation of £1m was followed by a pledge to raise a further £7m, and its proactive calls for money rather than supplies, which had already been sent by the international community, pushed its May coverage to just under 300 articles.

Much of the coverage also detailed the Red Cross’s position as part of a coalition of charities working on the ground to support the 20,000 injured, and 200,000 homeless, around the city of Yogyakarta.

Cancer Research UK moved up from fifth place to second on the back of a study exploring the effects of using less frequent, stronger radiotherapy treatments.

Articles described how higher doses at less frequent intervals could be more effective than smaller doses.

The RSPB took the third-place spot held by the Red Cross in last month’s NGO Watch. The bird charity registered 225 articles on its report linking climate change with the falling number of rare birds in the UK.

NGO rankings according to number of mentions

  1. Red Cross  298
  2. Cancer Research UK  271
  3. RSPB  225
  4. UNICEF  209
  5. Amnesty International  202
  6. Friends of the Earth International  201
  7. Age Concern  192
  8. Oxfam  172
  9. Greenpeace  169
  10. Prince’s Trust  167

Source: Infonic

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