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Meet the D.C. PR Firm Shilling For Fiji's Military Coup Government

Qorvis Communications handles the social media activities for Fiji's government, which came to power in a coup in 2006 and has been accused of human rights abuses.

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“Obviously the Fijian government feels the pressure in being isolated by the international community because of its abuses against the whole range of people, including the media and others,” T. Kumar, director of international advocacy at Amnesty International USA told The American Independent. “The Fijian government is going to find it very difficult to build their image in Washington. … Until they correct their actions it’s not going to work.”

Qorvis’ management of such accounts, without disclosing their involvement on the Twitter accounts or websites, would fit with the consultancy’s history of being less than transparent in the work done on behalf of foreign clients.

Last December, investigative journalist Ken Silverstein  revealed how a Qorvis employee blogged and tweeted about the violent suppression of demonstrations in Bahrain without disclosing his ties to Qorvis, which represents Bahrain.

 

Eli Clifton is a reporter for the American Independent.

 
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