90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monitor Group Responds To Questions About Contract With Libya

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi in 2007. (AP)

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi in 2007 in Paris, France. (AP)

The Cambridge-based consulting firm, Monitor Group,  is defending its multimillion dollar contract with Libya’s government between 2006 and 2008.  The firm says its goal was to help Libya reform its economy, but critics contend that they acted as a spin machine, trying to improve Gadhafi’s image.  The Monitor group has launched an internal investigation into Monitor’s work with Libya.

We speak with Eamonn Kelly, who is leading the investigation, he is a partner at Monitor Group.  We also hear from Libyan-American Mohamed Eljahmi, who levels some criticism at the Monitor Group.  Eljahmi’s brother was a prominent Libyan dissident who died after he was imprisoned for criticizing Gadhafi.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • A Little

    So, I’m still unclear. What exactly DOES the Monitor Group offer? Are they a PR firm? Strategic consultants? Image consultant? Lobbying group? It is my understanding that they have also worked with Suffolk Construction, locally…and their reputation as a construction company is about as envied as Libya’s, as a democracy. Is that Monitor’s sweet spot? They manipulate the public perception for those who have earned unflattering reputations?

  • http://peakvt.blogspot.com PeakVT

    I don’t see why this is being treated as a major story. Since the firm doesn’t seem to be a inside player in DC, and “consulting” firms often are hired to do public image manipulation, the story is basically dog bites man.

  • abdulallah sassi

    It is a dirty game being played by the US . it is all about oil and the libyan money in the international banks.

  • http://www.3bbb.dk/entreprenoerfirma.php Kilfee Andrei

    I wonder why people are making this  such big fuss>.>

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 23 Comment

DJ Sessions: Latin Alternative From Los Angeles To Venezuela

KCRW's Raul Campos introduces us to some groups he came across while hosting the 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference.

July 23 6 Comments

ISIS Forces Christians To Flee Iraq City Of Mosul

The militant group's threat -- convert, leave or die -- has forced most Christians in Mosul to leave.

July 22 2 Comments

Remains Of Clovis Boy Reburied In Montana

DNA from the boy buried 12,600 years ago shows his people were ancestors of many of today's native peoples.

July 22 Comment

After Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Closer Look At Planning Flight Paths

Retired pilot John Ransom discusses how to factor in war zones, and how the decision is made to close an airspace.