Bell Pottinger have threatened an African woman’s group with legal action for linking them with the government of the DRC. Following a protest outside their offices, the PR group has released a statement claiming attempting to distance themselves from the regime of Joseph Kabila:
“Bell Pottinger does not work for President Kabila; for the government of the DRC and did not work in any form on the recent election in that country. [Chairman] Peter Bingle has never worked for the DRC or any other African government.”
The press releases continues:
“Bell Pottinger has contacted the organisers of the current campaign against the DRC election result to understand why we have been implicated but has yet to receive a response.”
Perhaps Scrapbook can explain how this confusion has arisen: because Bell Pottinger’s own promotional documentation boasts of their previous work for the discredited regime! A presentation given to undercover reporters cites work for the government of the DRC on a slide entitled “Some of our experience: country campaigns”.
Some more top-class PR work on the back of last year’s sting by the Independent.