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July 19, 2011

Advertising Age: PRSA Accuses Writer of Phone Hacking

In an interview with Advertising Age, William M. Murray, CAE, PRSA president and chief operating officer, discusses the Society's recent stance of praoctively rebutting false allegations published by O’Dwyer’s Blog. The interview was in response to a series of PRSA comments on the O'Dwyer's Blog, including a comment to a July 13 blog post in which O'Dwyer's Blog publisher, Jack O’Dwyer, made several false allegations regarding PRSA's financial reporting and auditing. PRSA’s full response to that post can be read here.

In the interview, Murray notes that PRSA is "deep [in a] discussion with our members about a dues increase. We want to make sure they have all the accurate information about what we do with their money. Against that backdrop, we just couldn't stand by and let someone repeat these horrible things because they're so untrue."

Remarking that PRSA has evidence of a telephone number registered to the J.R. O'Dwyer Company connecting to PRSA teleconference calls without PRSA's permission five times between May 22, 2007, and May 12, 2009, Murray says that, "Given overall public debate now about News Corp. [and the scandal involving alleged phone hacking by News Corp. journalists], people are interested and more so appreciate the gravity of these types of things."

Read the full interview at Advertising Age.

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