Aid for oil workers grabs headlines for Red Cross

The Red Cross shot to the top of April’s NGO Watch with 264 mentions, after oil workers kidnapped by rebels in Ethiopia were handed over to the aid organisation.

Seven Chinese and two Ethiopian oil workers were released to the Red Cross by the Ogaden National Liberation Front. The men were seized during a rebel attack on a Chinese oil installation in eastern Ethiopia.

Cancer UK came in second after releasing the results of a survey that showed how messages on cigarette boxes are helping to cut smoking levels. The survey compared the impact of the messages in Canada, the US, UK and Australia and concluded that they had the most effect in Canada, where pictures are used.

Friends of the Earth was third in the table as it strongly criticised proposals by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The proposals include burying carbon underground and greater usage of nuclear power. FoE chief executive Duncan McClaren commented that ‘nuclear power is a white elephant’.

Oxfam jumped back into the top 10 with 191 mentions after it called for the resignation of the President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz. He claimed he acted ‘transparently’ when it emerged that he authorised a large pay increase for his girlfriend without the bank’s consent.

The RSPB dropped from fifth to 10th. It achieved coverage for comments on the death of rare eagle chicks in Scotland.

NGO WATCH April 2007 ranking
No. of mentions
Red Cross 
02. Cancer Research UK
03. Friends of the Earth 
05. Age Concern
06. Oxfam
07. British Heart Foundation
08. Amnesty International
09. Macmillan Cancer Relief
10. RSPB

Source: Infonic

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