Wallonian woman on Flemish Interest poster
21 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The Flemish Interest seems to be running from one problem to the next over its choice for an election campaign poster.
21 June 2006
BRUSSELS — The Flemish Interest seems to be running from one problem to the next over its choice for an election campaign poster.
After being forced to remove the blonde-haired girl from its poster after the racist Antwerp shootings in May, the extreme right party is now being forced to remove an elderly woman from its replacement posters.
The leader of the Flemish independence party, Frank Vanhecke, said on Wednesday the woman pictured in the poster is Wallonian. She is taking legal action demanding her image be removed from the campaign posters.
The Flemish Interest had bought the image from a US firm via the internet. However, the firm works with regional photographic agencies, one of which used the woman from Rixensart (near Waterloo) as a model.
The firm has since asked the Flemish Interest if it uses one of its photos in the future to mention on the finished poster that the depicted person is a model.
The legal action initiated by the woman will be heard in Brussels Court on Thursday.
Vanhecke received a visit on Wednesday by a bailiff, but he suspects the legal action did not only originate from the woman.
The US photographic company has been questioned several times in the past from Flanders about the origin of its photos that the Flemish Interest uses. Moreover, the court action also seems to legally underpinned.
Besides Vanhecke (as the responsible publisher), two non-profit organisations around the Flemish Interest have also been summonsed, the Flemish Concentration and Liberty Fund.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news