PR Watch is an attempt to shed some light on the otherwise opaque dealings of public relations companies that are influencing the narrative on Bahrain. By the very nature of their work, these firms seek to conceal much of what they do from public view. Over recent months, some companies and their methods have been revealed, however to date there has been no comprehensive survey. PR Watch seeks to hold these firms to account for their willingness to do business that we believe is ethically suspect. You can read more about the project in the press release.

Below are two lists. The first is a summary of the firms hired by the Kingdom, including fees and expenses spent or allocated since the start of protests in Bahrain in February 2011. The second is a summary of those firms that, while not necessarily hired by the government, have influenced the narrative on Bahrain. Click on a company's name below, or to the right, for more information. You can also browse by map.


Firms Hired by the Bahrain Government
Name Location Spent or Allocated
Since February 2011
Bahrain Press Club Washington DC / Bahrain $0
Bell Pottinger London $12,089,645
BGR Group Washington DC $238,500
Big Tent Communications London $0
Cloud Media Entertainment London $50,000
Dragon Associates London $0
G3 London $2,370,000
Gardant Communications London $0
Hill + Knowlton Strategies New York $104,392
Joe Trippi & Associates Washington DC $93,000
Mark Stewart Productions London $397,500
M&C Saatchi London $15,226,380
New Century Media London $158,000
Olton London $245,523
Potomac Square Group Washington DC $20,000
Qorvis Communications Washington DC $686,681
Sanitas International Washington DC $194,634
Sorini, Samet & Associates Washington DC $630,742
TOTAL $32,504,997
Data unavailable
Estimate from the Internet Movie Database


Other Firms
Name Location
Policy Impact Communications Washington DC
Information on this page was corrected on 23 November 2012.