British public relations firm Bell Pottinger has had its membership of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) terminated.
In a press statement embargoed for 01:00 on Tuesday, September 5, the UK-based PRCA announced that Bell Pottinger would not be eligible to reapply for corporate membership of the PRCA for a minimum period of five years.
“Bell Pottinger has brought the PR and communications industry into disrepute with its actions, and it has received the harshest possible sanctions,” PRCA director general Francis Ingham said in the statement.
Ingham said the PRCA had never before passed such a “damning indictment of an agency’s behaviour”.
“This outcome reflects the huge importance that the PRCA places on the protection of ethical standards in the business of PR and communication,” he said.
The termination was effective from 01:00 on Tuesday.