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    The Shell Ad the FT Refused to Publish


    by earwicga on 18th May, 2010 at 11:51 am    

    Edit:  Please re-post this advert on your own blogs and help spread the message and the censorship of the FT.

    Via Benedict Pringle & @AmnestyUK . More info from Amnesty UK.


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    1. Kismet Hardy — on 18th May, 2010 at 12:50 pm  

      Oh my god I’m officially scum. My mag is sponsored heavily by shell. I might as well send rupert murdoch a request to be his spunk swallower

      (disgusted with self.com)

    2. earwicga — on 18th May, 2010 at 1:55 pm  

      FT have proffered an explanation:

      But an FT spokesman, quoted by Press Gazette, said: “Editorially, the FT was more than willing to run the advertisement for Amnesty. Unfortunately, whilst Amnesty gave us written assurances that they would take full responsibility for the comments and opinions stated in the advertisement, it became apparent that Amnesty’s lawyers had not had a proper opportunity to advise Amnesty on those opinions. As a result, from a legal perspective we were unable to rely on Amnesty’s assurances.”

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/may/18/financialtimes-royaldutchshell

      Yeah, right.

    3. chairwoman — on 18th May, 2010 at 2:22 pm  

      As a former advertising professional, may I just point out that the FT is the trade paper of the financial industry. Like all media, it is not obliged to accept advertising from anybody except in special circumstances.

      As the majority of its revenue is from advertising from ‘Big Business’ and its cohorts, it would not be a good idea to publish what is basically a political ad, potentially offensive to its core readership and clientel without ensuring that the advertiser had received legal advice from its own legal practioner.

      You may not like the situation, but I have had clients’ ads turned down that were far less politically contentious than this one on similar grounds.

    4. earwicga — on 18th May, 2010 at 2:24 pm  

      Chairwoman - the FT agreed to run the ad then pulled it at the last minute. I would be surprised if anybody was saying they were obliged to run *anything* in their newspaper.

    5. earwicga — on 18th May, 2010 at 2:29 pm  

      ps. Nice to see you back round this way.

    6. chairwoman — on 18th May, 2010 at 2:35 pm  

      earwicga

      It would have been a decision from their in-house lawyer then.

      Thank you :)

    7. cjcjc — on 18th May, 2010 at 4:34 pm  

      So where should I buy my petrol if Shell and BP are out??

    8. Sofia — on 18th May, 2010 at 4:43 pm  

      You don’t..you get on yer bike??

    9. earwicga — on 18th May, 2010 at 4:57 pm  

      In Amnesty’s view, we gave the FT plenty of opportunity to come back to us beforehand: a final version of the ad was submitted to the paper last Friday – well within normal advertising copy deadlines. We also gave the FT written reassurances that we would take full responsibility for the comments and opinions stated in the advertisement.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/18/financialtimes-pressandpublishing

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