Vodafone faces pressure over Egypt protests

Author: Andrew Parker, The Financial Times, Published on: 25 July 2011

Campaigners will seek to use Vodafone’s annual meeting…to call on the…group to prevent a repetition of how its network in Egypt was used to carry propaganda on behalf of the country’s former ruler. Access…wants Vodafone and other telecoms operators to sign up to an action plan that would commit them to resisting any efforts by governments to take control of their networks…Access…is planning to attend Vodafone’s annual meeting, and will seek to question the board by acting as a proxy for a shareholder…Fair Pensions…said: “Investors need to ... ensure that companies have…developed a response plan in the event that they face similar demands in other countries.” Vodafone said…: “Vodafone Egypt…had no choice regarding the network shutdown and were forced to undertake this action by the authorities in line with Egyptian legislation.”…[refers to France Telecom, Etisalat]

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