COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Development body uses postcards to infiltrate G8 summit

The World Development Movement has used a postcard campaign to outline its demands to prime minister Tony Blair at this year's G8 summit.

The decision by world leaders to retreat to the mountains for the summit posed a dilemma for charities: how to get the usual amount of coverage out of an event staged 50 miles from the nearest town.

Last year's event in Genoa attracted prime-time news coverage largely because of the enormous number of protestors who took to the streets.

But following the dramatic scenes the politicians decided to go to Kananaskis, Canada, for a cosy fireside chat.

"We would normally send some members but this year we can't afford it,

said spokesman Dave Timms. He admitted that last year's blanket TV coverage had been a mixed blessing. "While it's good to be featured on News at Ten, all the debate focused on the violence,

said Timms.

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