UN Gives Confidential Press Contacts to Political Allies
Breach of ethics caught on audio
CHICAGO, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In order to receive press credentials and gain access to the United Nations' conference on climate change in Bali, world environment and climate change journalists were required to register with the UN media office in Bonn, Germany. To achieve the desired press coverage, the UN media office provided the list of credentialed journalists to its political allies. No fewer than four organizations immediately started saturating the list with press releases. Press releases have already been distributed by Greenpeace (3), Union of Concerned Scientists (1), Environment Press of the European Parliament (2), and Panos (1). Cindy Baxter of Greenpeace admitted having the UN media list. Audio file: www.fromtheheartland.org/live/archive/2007/12/05/un_gives_confidential_ press_co/ UN Media List: http://www.heartland.org/privatePDF/bali-accredited-journalists.xls She sent out the alarmist press release: "Don't Cook the Climate," Greenpeace tells crucial UN climate talks. The release boasts of Greenpeace's over-the-top street theater with a 20-foot-high thermometer with the message, "Don't Cook the Climate." The press releases are filled with alarmist hyperbole designed to cause fear and panic. The extremism of the releases borders on religious zealotry, with apocalyptic phrases like "biggest threat civilisation has ever faced" and "for the very survival of the planet." This egregious breach of ethics breaks a core rule of journalism: that the foundation of democracy is based on seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events with thoroughness and honesty. "This is a sad day for the UN, but not unexpected. They have purposefully rejected any dissenting opinions. Now that the science has reversed on them, the UN is resorting to bully tactics and manipulation to achieve their political goals," said James M. Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute. "The first victim of global warming was science and truth with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Now it appears every aspect of the UN has become politicized." Audio file: www.fromtheheartland.org/live/archive/2007/12/05/un_gives_confidential_ press_co/ UN Media List: http://www.heartland.org/privatePDF/bali-accredited-journalists.xls Press Releases: "Don't Cook the Climate" Greenpeace Tells Crucial UN Climate Talks - http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22404 Union of Concerned Scientists Sending Scientists, Policy Experts to Un Climate Meeting http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22405 Overcoming the communication deficit | how Panos and the Climate Change Media Partnership are encouraging debate on climate change in the South - http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22406 Stopping Deforestation: moving towards a mechanism for emissions reductions for the second commitment period - http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22407 Greenpeace launches landmark proposal for reducing tropical deforestation at Bali Climate Talks - http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22408 MEPs to attend the UN Climate Change conference- http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22409 Halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: MEPs outline the mandate for Bali- http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22410 For more information about The Heartland Institute, please contact Tom Swiss, director of public relations at 312/377-4000, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to audio file: www.fromtheheartland.org/live/archive/2007/12/05/un_gives_confidential_pres s_co/ View UN media list: http://www.heartland.org/privatePDF/bali-accredited-journalists.xls
SOURCE The Heartland Institute
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