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Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund refused delegate status by APEC organisers

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

A spokeswoman for Greenpeace, Cindy Baxter, said her organisation and the World Wildlife Fund had approached APEC organisers to gain delegate status but were refused, reported The Canberra Times (1/9/2007, p. 7).

A different view offered: Both organisations then asked if they could gain access to the official APEC media centre but were again refused, the newspaper reported. The non-government organ­isations had set up an international non-government organisation media centre near the official media centre in the hope of attracting inter­national coverage — but APEC organ­isers had also refused to hand out flyers. “We are setting up serious policy analysis so journalists can come and get a different view about the effect APEC decisions will have on millions of people around the world,” Ms Baxter said. “It brings a lot of ideas to the forefront.”

Lawful protest: The Canberra Times reported the convenor of the Stop Bush Coalition, Alex Bainbridge, as saying the police and Government’s lack of cooperation had galvanised oppo­sition to the APEC forum. “Nothing we have proposed is against the law … the Government and the police are trying to prevent peaceful protests,” he said.

The Canberra Times, 1/9/2007, p. 7

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