Press Release / April 12, 2013

Global Witness response to reports relating to Beny Steinmetz Group Resources and FTI Consulting LLP

It has been reported in the media today that Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR) has launched a case against its former public relations adviser, FTI Consulting LLP.

BSGR has suggested as part of the case that Global Witness lacks independence from our donors and is one of several NGO’s involved in a campaign aimed at discrediting the company.

This appears to be an attempt by BSGR to divert attention away from a story with profound implications for the people of Guinea – namely questions surrounding how lucrative iron ore blocks were obtained in the country, an issue the Guinean authorities are currently investigating.

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