Intimidation behind campaign poster veto

Human Rights poster ‘banned’
Independent Human Rights candidate in West Belfast Liam Kennedy’s campaign posters have been vetoed by the advertising company on whose billboards the posters were due to appear – despite the image being used previously by the NIO and being cleared for use on his campaign’s postal communication. A spokesman for JC Decaux, said: “While the company fully understands that the posters in question relate to human rights, on reviewing the images we felt that they were inappropriate and could cause offence.” However, Lee McFaul, a sales agent for Clear Channel, an American advertising company which also owns advertising hoardings in Belfast, was more direct – “The poster caused us concern as it could have provoked certain people who did not agree with its message to damage the billboards where the poster was displayed“[emphasis added]