05/08/2015

Easyjet's Decision To Remove Twelfth July Article Condemned

The DUP has condemned an airlines decision to remove an article promoting the Twelfth of July parades in its in-flight magazine.

North Belfast MLA is also calling on Easyjet to clarify if the author of the piece has been sacked.

Mr Humphrey has discussed the issue with the Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Drew Nelson, following the apology from Easyjet and will be working with Grand Lodge as they seek to meet with the airline about the issue.
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The DUP MLA said: "The 12th July celebrations have tens of thousands of participants, hundreds of thousands of people spectating, including many tourists, and they receive support from both local Councils and tourism promotion. Easyjet's apology has caused great offence to many of those people, but none of this appears to matter to Easyjet in their desire to placate the sectarianism of a blogger who cannot tolerate the 12th July being mentioned in any kind of positive light.

"Easyjet must give a full explanation about why they took this decision and the statement that they will not include any such recommendation in the future. I will be particularly interested to hear exactly what their 'rigorous editorial sign-off' processes actually are and how these mean that 12th July parades cannot be spoken of. It would be an extremely bland and unappealing tourism guide, not just for Northern Ireland, but anywhere in the world which would only include events to which no blogger might object.

"Easyjet must also clarify whether reports the author will no longer be employed to write for them are actually true. If this proves to be the case then it is a particularly vindictive and concerning aspect to the case."

(CD/LM)

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