PRSA accuses its top critic of phone hacking

In a statement on its website, the Public Relations Society of America says Jack O’Dwyer’s company listened to teleconferences without the group’s permission. UPDATE: O’Dwyer has weighed in.

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You might have some competition in the realm of phone hacking.

The Public Relations Society of America is claiming the longtime PR industry watcher Jack O’Dwyer listened to five of the group’s teleconferences without permission.

In a statement posted to PRSA’s website on Friday, the organization’s vice president of PR Arthur Yann said:

Mr. O’Dwyer, while a free press is essential to our country, principles, and profession, not everything—or everyone—wrapped in the mantle of “journalism” is right or ethical, as the News of the World scandal demonstrates. But then again, it would appear that your organization condones such practices, given that records from our teleconferencing vendor show that telephone numbers registered to the J.R. O’Dwyer Company connected to PRSA teleconference calls without PRSA’s permission five times between May 22, 2007, and May 12, 2009.

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