The UNICEF logo will no longer appear from election ads run by the 99 Percent – Civic Voice party in the near future because of complaints from the international organisation over a political spot titled 'They Don't Have to Know About It' in which a child is shown playing football in a FC Barcelona T-shirt with a UNICEF logo, the TASR newswire reported.
"Neither the children’s fund UNICEF nor our partner FC Barcelona has provided consent to any political party to use our logo in the election campaign. In more than 65 years of its history, UNICEF has never encountered a similar case," said UNICEF press secretary Anna Beňová to the TASR newswire. She added that UNICEF has already been in touch with legal representation over the ad that features a youngster and suggests that children should be spared knowing about how dodgy Slovak politics has become, TASR wrote.
The 99 Percent spokesperson, Michaela Salajová, claimed that the logo was used unintentionally and that the party was unaware of it in the ad.
"99 Percent hasn't asked UNICEF for its approval to use the logo as we have never had any intention to show the logo in our campaign ... We're sorry for the misunderstanding and any inconvenience caused and will remove the logo from the ad at once," Salajová stated, as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Mar 2012 at 14:00