Global Witness

[2007] BLOOD DIAMOND DOUBLETHINK & DECEPTION OVER THOSE WORTHLESS LITTLE ROCKS OF DESIRE by Rick Hines & Keith Harmon Snow  Global Witness is not a serious threat to extractive industries, and that is why GW was advertised in the film Blood Diamond. The message is “don’t you worry about blood diamonds (or big oil): Global Witness is on it.” In fact, like the big foundations that fund them, GW plays an important role as a shaper of public policy. But can they be effective, given their sources of income? “The blood diamonds campaign by Global Witness has protected De Beers, and it has had De Beers’ full support publicly,” says blood diamond expert Janine Roberts. “Although privately GW has been very critical of De Beers, they are not critical publicly.”