New York-based Avaaz has launched huge campaigns on issues including the BSkyB takeover and Bradley Manning.

This article titled “Avaaz – the online activist network that is targeting Rupert Murdoch’s bid” was written by Ed Pilkington in New York, for The Guardian on Sunday 24th April 2011 19.18 UTC

If you had been on the Strand in London on the day that the high court was considering how to proceed with scores of civil actions against the News of the World for its phone-hacking escapades, you would have seen a peculiar sight. About 30 people were gathered on the steps of the court, the palms of their hands painted red, bearing banners that read: “Murdoch’s men caught red-handed.”

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