Saudi Arabia has hired the world’s largest public relations firm by revenue to help spruce up the global image of a $500 billion futuristic megacity project plagued by investor skepticism and bad press over alleged forced displacements. Chicago-based Edelman is to be paid a maximum of $75,000 per month over the next three months for
Julian Pecquet is the founder and editor of Foreign Lobby Report, the comprehensive news site tracking foreign influence operations in Washington. Prior to launching the site on June 1, 2020, Julian was a reporter and editor for Middle East news site Al-Monitor for six years. There he initiated lobbying coverage that won national awards from the Online News Association and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Before that he was a Global Affairs reporter for The Hill and a newspaper reporter in Florida for many years. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @JulianPecquet.