Posted by: beckbamberger | April 15, 2009

Pirates and PR

Now who would have thought-more fishermen are turning up to be pirates because of all this great Pirate PR!  Check out the article here about the ongoing saga in Somalia.  And here’s the quote from the expert:

“Lots of people who are pirates now are not from coastal villages. They are not fishermen. They are from inside, former militiamen and they are motivated entirely by money. The fact that illegal fishing and dumping of toxic waste still goes on in Somalia is excellent PR [public relations] for the pirates. It means that when they capture a ship and they talk to a news organization and say, ‘We are just defending Somali waters,’ and so on, that plays very well in the communities they need to get support from along the coast,” he said.

You can’t make this stuff up.


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