Amnesty International UK claimed today that the Financial Times’ has pulled a hard-hitting advertisement which the human rights organisation wanted to appear today to shame Shell as the oil company held its London AGM. The advertisement focused on what Amnesty says is "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." 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.”
I am a freelance journalist based in the UK and was deputy editor of Press Gazette, the journalists' magazine, from 1993 until 2006. I want to give an independent view on media matters.
You can contact me with stories, ideas and comments by email at email@example.com You can also follow me on Twitter @jonslattery