In a story today on Marketplace, reporter David Gura explores why the PR firm, Washington Media Group, decided to break a half-million-dollar contract with Tunisia.
In a letter sent to the Tunisian government, the firm explains why it felt compelled to terminate the contract. Here is an excerpt from the letter:
"Washington Media Group has provided communications counsel on, among other things, human rights, press freedoms and censorship of the Internet. And we have demonstrably improved the online perception of your government... Recent events make it clear the Tunisian government is not inclined to heed our counsel regarding meaningful reforms. Indeed, the government's current actions and activities have undermined, or in some cases completely undone, whatever progress we have made in improving Tunisia's reputation."