The ad the FT didn’t want you to see…

Paid for by Amnesty International supporters, this ad was due to run in today’s Financial Times (basically the house paper of the City), to coincide with the Shell shareholders’ AGM in London. At the very last minute, the FT decided to pull the ad. Here’s what Amnesty International had to say:

Financial Times’ late call thwarts Amnesty’s campaign

Amnesty International UK expressed its immense disappointment today at the Financial Times’ decision to pull a new hard-hitting advertisement at the last possible moment. The ad was due to appear today as Shell held its London AGM.

The advertisement focused on the appalling human rights record of Shell in Nigeria. It compared the company’s $9.8bn profits with the consequences of pollution caused by the oil giant for the people of the Niger Delta.

Numerous oil spills, which have not been adequately cleaned up, have left local communities with little option but to drink polluted water, eat contaminated fish, farm on spoiled land, and breathe in air that stinks of oil and gas.

Tim Hancock, Amnesty International UK’s campaigns director, said:

“The decision by the Financial Times is extremely disappointing. We gave them written reassurances that we would take full responsibility for the comments and opinions stated in the advertisement.

“Both The Metro and The Evening Standard had no problems with running the ad.”

Tim Hancock added:

“The money to pay for the advertisements came entirely from more than 2,000 individuals online, who we’d asked to fund an ad campaign targeting Shell’s AGM – and it really caught their imagination. And I am sure these supporters will share with us our sense of deep disappointment.”

No FT, no comment?

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  2. shmoo7275

    Disappointment is not the word. Anger is more like it. Why don’t the FT change their name to “Corporate Whores”? At least that way we could respect their honesty.

    • trickygirl

      It’s just about typical of the British media, sadly. Like you, I’m furious – this is wrong on so many levels.

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  4. trickygirl

    Apologies – due to a spate of prolonged and very irritating comment spam abuse on this post, I’m closing comments on it for the time being. Hopefully this will only be a temporary measure until the spammers get bored and bugger off elsewhere! Thanks for your patience.