Amnesty targets journalists on Twitter

Move coincides with media awards

Amnesty International UK has created a channel on social networking website Twitter specifically aimed at journalists.

The "@NewsFromAmnesty" channel is being launched to coincide with its annual media awards on Tuesday.

Winners of the awards will be "tweeted" live from the ceremony.

Amnesty already has 4,500 followers on Twitter but says it is introducing the Twitter channel in response to media demand for "real time" news from the micro-blogging network.

Mike Blakemore, media director at Amnesty International UK, said: "We've been excited by the growth of human rights activism in social media communications and we know that journalists are also keen to get Amnesty's communications delivered via networks like Twitter.

"Sending updates via ‘NewsfromAmnesty' won't mean a drop-off in accuracy and impartiality, it just means our news will get out even faster."

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