In a Uni lecture gave not that long ago I was asked to discuss the issue of the Institute of PR (IPR) should be given chartered status, like with the Marketing profession. I didn't know too much about it back then, but I have been brushing up on it ever since. It pleased me to learn last week that the IPR has been awarded chartered status and now called CIPR. You can read the press release here. This was front page news on last week's PR Week, unsurprisingly. More news coverage is also covered in The Observer (spin doctors' union goes legit) and The Times (taking a kick at PRs has become a traditional sport).
On a separate matter, tomorrow is going to be "Free Mojtaba and Arash day". This about the two Iranians who have been imprisoned for publishing their beliefs online. From what I have read on the BBC, "The Iranian government has not said explicitly that it is blogging that got Mr Sigarchi and Mr Saminejad into trouble." But I lend my support to The Association of Iranian Blogwriters, which is demanding that the Iranian judiciary either formally charge or release the pair.