Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Andy Coulson recruited by organisation that wants media to 'protect truth'

Sheer bliss that Andy Coulson, lately of 10 Downing St's spin dept (and ongoing cynosure of phone hacking claims [denied] arising from his tenure as editor of the never-boring News of the World) has been recruited by the One Young World organisation as a media consultant. No, I'd never heard of it either.

Apparently it encourages young people to think they are world leaders and arranges conferences where they can meet actual world leaders, like Desmond Tutu, to talk about whatever. Provided you were born in or after 1985 and have €3,000 to spare, you, too, could attend its Zurich summit in September if lucky to talk about whatever.

Its global aims appear laudable. With Coulson in mind, I was particularly drawn to its media mission statement which reads: 'In the belief that freedom of speech promotes a successful society, we call upon: The media to use its influence and power to help protect truth and personal freedom.'

Protect truth? Ah yes, Coulson will know all about that.

4 comments:

Gwenhwyfaer said...

The "personal freedom" bit is, if anything, even more remarkable. One might consider personal freedom to include the right to some degree of privacy - say, not having one's answerphone messages or other personal data illegally intercepted...

Madame Arcati said...

Excellent point. This organisation sounds like bullshit.

Harry said...

Shu' up.

Green Goddess said...

Can I sweat really loudly? Please?