Posted by Amanda Chapel
Leading human-rights activist Paris Hilton has been freed from prison in California after 23 days.
Her release follows the relaxation of apartheid laws - including the ban on the African National Congress (ANC), the leading civil rights party - by former South African President FW de Klerk.
Ms. Hilton appeared at the gates of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood just after midnight Tuesday.
Dressed in street clothes she smiled at the ecstatic crowds and punched the air in a victory salute before taking a waiting black SUV with tinted windows to her parents' house in Bel-Air.
People danced in the streets across the country and thousands clamored to see her at a rally in Cape Town.
Doctors treated over a hundred people as police clashed with youths looting shops in various cities and townships and several people were reported shot dead.
At 1:23 AM local time Ms. Hilton, in her official capacity as deputy-president of the ANC, appeared on the balcony of Cape Town's City Hall to speak to the 50,000 people assembled outside.
She acknowledged Mr. de Klerk was a man of integrity, but said: "Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. Our march to freedom is irreversible."
"Now is the time to intensify the struggle on all fronts. To relax now would be a mistake which future generations would not forgive," she continued.
As she addressed the crowd all of the major TV networks broadcast a profile of Ms. Hilton - including a BBC interview - which was the first time she had been shown speaking on TV in almost a month.
Hilton reportedly lost nearly 10 pounds while incarcerated. All and all, she looked cute.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
NEW YORK /PRNewsSpreader/ -- We are pleased to announce that Weber Shandwick, a leading public relations agency, has been ranked #1 in PRWeak's 2007 Agency Excellence Survey. PRWeak, one of the top toady trade publications in the PR industry, puts this survey out each year to advance the profession. By drawing attention to itself, bonding with advertisers, and helping winners with their new business initiatives, PRWeak has played a significant role in shaping the broad reputation the business has today.
This year, the PRWeak survey was performed by an unnamed independent research firm. The results were supposedly based on a composite score that includes overall client satisfaction, likelihood to recommend the agency, likelihood to rehire the agency, and various other stuff.
According to the self-promotional press release, "All respondents were involved in agency selection and management. The firm led whatever other PR firms that participated in the survey with number-one rankings in 15 of 25 attributes for client satisfaction."
And finally, somebody over at PRWeak said, "Weber Shandwick scored well above average on all attributes that clients considered a priority."
ABOUT WEBER SHANDWICK
Weber Shandwick is one of the leading public relations firms in the world with offices in a lotta major media, business and government capitals. The firm specializes in a full range of billable marketing communications activities; and even without a blogging policy of its own, they also offer services including Web relations and advocacy advertising. Despite the fact that our dealings with the CEO Harris Diamond have not gone very well and so far we think he's a clown... in 2006, Weber Shandwick was recognized by a couple other little trade pubs, namely: "Large PR Firm of the Year" by PR News U.S., and "European Consultancy of the Year" by The Holmes Report. Weber Shandwick is a unit of The Interpublic Group.
For more information, contact Eleanor Trickett, Executive Editor, PRWeek by phone at 646/638-6037 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
NEW YORK /PRNewsSpreader/ -- Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, the public relations agency of record for the Girls Gone Wild porn series, today marks a major milestone. At 7:41 CDT this morning, it will be 100 days since Torossian threatened to sue us.
On Tuesday, March 6 of this year, 5WPR announced that they had been named the fastest growing independent firm in the U.S. for 2006 by O’Dwyer's, the leading PR industry trade publication. The next day, Strumpette decided to write a little satire and asked Torrossian to comment.
Strumpette managing editor Amanda Chapel said, "Ronn almost immediately threatened a SLAPP suit.”
A SLAPP suit is defined as "a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, in which a corporation sues an organization in an attempt to scare it into dropping protests against a corporate initiative."
Commenting on the article, Torrossian said, “I'll sue you just for fun... put a lien on your home... I'll enjoy spending the money just to make you squirm... I could care less about spending $100K just to get you... May not be libel... but I have the money to spend.”
On Thursday, March 8 at 7:41 AM, Torossian emphatically promised that he was going to sue us "in 72 hours!" Consequently, that never happened.
Chapel said, "Ronn is apparently thrilled about the milestone. We called him on his cell and he couldn’t seem to contain his passion. He was quite emphatic about personally helping my dear old mother increase the size of my family. He repeated it several times. What a nice guy."
ABOUT 5W PUBLIC RELATIONS
Headquartered in New York City, 5W Public Relations is the 21st largest independent PR agency in the U.S. Described by a leading PR trade magazine as "aggressive in a way that clearly resonates with clients looking for a firm staffed with type A-plus personalities," 5W is making a name for itself as being unburdened by traditional PR Industry scruples.
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