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New book ‘Artwash’ reveals Big Oil’s art PR strategies

Artwash: Big Oil and The Arts by Mel Evans, out 20 April with Pluto Press To arrange interviews, contact Anna Galkina / [email protected] / @platformlondon For review copies or to arrange the publication of an abstract, contact Alison Alexanian / [email protected] New book analyses BP and Shell’s strategy to gain ‘social licence to operate’ by...

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Out 20.04.15. Press pack

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts is out 20.04.2015. Images and video here

North Sea oil companies demand tax breaks in budget, despite 6 years of eye-watering profit levels

Press release from Platform and Oil Change International Contact:  Mika Minio-Paluello – Platform – 020 7403 3738 / 07733466038      ///////         Greg Muttitt – Oil Change International – 07508 421 527 Figures released today show that North Sea oil and gas companies are many more times profitable than other businesses in the UK and already benefit...

Tate forced to reveal BP sponsorship details after 3-year legal battle

Press release: Tate forced to reveal BP sponsorship details after 3-year legal battle Contact: Anna Galkina / [email protected] / @platformlondon Past BP sponsorship figures revealed, ranging between £150,000-£330,000 a year: around 0.5% of Tate’s budget. Minutes reveal Tate’s acknowledgement that “the reputational risk to Tate of retaining BP as a partner is significant.” Tate argued in court...

Court orders Tate to disclose BP sponsorship figures, campaigners celebrate legal victory

Press release: Court orders Tate to disclose BP sponsorship figures, campaigners celebrate legal victory Contact: Anna Galkina / [email protected] / @platformlondon Images available (1)   Information Tribunal gives Tate 35 days to disclose sums of BP sponsorship from 1990-2006 Tate argued in court that disclosure of internal decision-making details would cause further protests and so...

EBRD plan Azerbaijan loan as regime’s fiercest critic is imprisoned

One of the most famous critics of the Aliyev regime has been imprisoned in Baku. Khadija Ismayilova, an award winning investigative journalist was arrested for ‘inciting suicide’. If found guilty she faces up to seven years in prison. Ismayilova has spent years uncovering corruption in Azerbaijan, which she has traced all the way up to...

Bill McKibben slams Shell sponsorship at Chatham House keynote on climate 

More images available on request Contact: [email protected] — @platformlondon Speaking at the annual Chatham House climate change conference, keynote speaker Bill McKibben of 350.org said: I didn’t know Shell was sponsoring this conference when I agreed to do it, but I’m glad for the chance to say in public that Shell is among the most...

Tate fears that “protests might intensify” over BP sponsorship

Richard Aydon, the Tate head of legal yesterday admitted in a tribunal that Tate fears that “protests might intensify” as a result of potential revelations about its controversial sponsorship relationship with BP. The statement was made when Aydon was acting as a witness before the Information Tribunal where Tate was appealing against a March ruling...

Tate’s BP sponsorship disclosure on trial at Information Tribunal

Tate is to appear before the Information Tribunal on Thursday 18 September in the culmination of an almost three-year long legal battle over its refusal to disclose information surrounding its controversial sponsorship relationship with oil company BP. Tate has been subject to long-standing Freedom of Information requests regarding both the amount of money it had...

Azerbaijan political prisoners list published with report’s authors on it

Press release by Bankwatch, Counter Balance and Platform For immediate release: August 19 Azerbaijan political prisoners list published with report’s authors on it London — Human rights activists in Azerbaijan published yesterday a list of 98 people (1) who are currently political prisoners in the country run by the authoritarian regime of Ilham Aliyev. Ironically,...

Nigerian Government and Shell continue to ignore horrendous pollution in Niger Delta

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL; CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION; FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE; PLATFORM Abuja/Amsterdam/Brussels/London, August 4, 2014 – The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “shameful” by a group of Nigerian and...

Shell CEO given Nigeria ‘to do list’ at memorial outside shareholder meeting on 20th anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s arrest

Activists from oil-industry watch dog Platform this morning delivered an out-sized ‘to do list’ to Shell’s new CEO Ben van Beurden at its shareholder meeting in London, while young people read out Ken Saro-Wiwa’s final poems. The four-foot-high ‘to do list’ sets out what Shell needs to do to address its legacy of five decades...