Watchdog organizations

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Watchdog organizations are usually non-profit groups that view their role as critically monitoring the activities of governments, industry, or other organizations and alerting the public when they detect actions that go against the public interest.

While the term is commonly used to describe organisations that are more activist in mobilising public support, some organisations are hard to classify. Large international organisations - especially where a fair degree of local autonomy is allowed - can include national or local branches that are fierce watchdogs while other branches are closer in style to tame industry funded groups.