Greenpeace red faced over calendar

You can’t make this stuff up.

Greenpeace have issued a calendar to raise funds for their political campaigning and some fool used a photograph from Alain Mafart, one of the French spies involved in bombing the Rainbow Warrior.

Greenpeace USA has apologised after discovering an image in a promotional calendar was shot by Alain Mafart – one of the French agents who bombed the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour in 1985.

Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, of the Netherlands, died in an explosion. The attack has been described as the only act of international terrorism on New Zealand soil.

Greenpeace USA said on its website that publisher Workman Publishing had sourced an image from a nature photographer, Alain Mafart-Renodier, during production of the 2015 calendar.

“It was later discovered that Mafart-Renodier is … Alain Mafart, one of the French military operatives who was involved in the bombing of the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior, in New Zealand in 1985. 

“He was part of the team that bombed our ship and killed our colleague and friend, Fernando Pereira, a Greenpeace-commissioned photographer.

“Neither Workman nor Greenpeace USA staff realised there was a problem until after production was complete and the calendars had been distributed to retailers. As soon as we were alerted to the problem, we contacted Workman to request a complete recall of the calendars.

“We made the recall request in consideration of the feelings of Fernando’s family and our supporters. It is wrong and upsetting that a picture from Mafart could ever appear anywhere in a Greenpeace publication.

“Unfortunately, Workman Publishing would not even consider our request that the company immediately issue a recall for the calendars it had sent to retailers unless the organisation agreed to reimburse Workman an estimated minimum amount of US$250,000 ($300,000) for its costs and lost profits.



– Fairfax

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