Skip to main content

Adani accused of using Getty images instead of real jobseekers to gear up public opinion for Aussie coal project

By Our Representative
According to an Australian media report, the powerful Adani Group, which is in the midst of implementing one of the world's biggest mining projects in the Queensland state, has sough to “gear up public opinion in its favour with ads from the stock images" provided by Gerry Images Inc.
America's Getty Images Inc is a stock photo agency based in Seattle, supplying stock images for business and consumers, targeting three markets – creative professionals (advertising and graphic design), the media (print and online publishing), and corporate (in-house design, marketing and communication departments).
The report, sourced on a top conservation group, comes close on the heels of the Indian mining giant announcing that it plans to start construction of a $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine project in Australia in 2017 after years of legal delays over environmental approvals.
The ad. Source: Mackay
Melbourne-based “South Asia Times” (SAT) reports, the advertisement is headlined “No More Delays! We Want Work”, and is part of its “advertising campaign” in Queensland, adding, the top Indian group, which is based in Gujarat, is “facing flak from a prominent environment group for his controversial Coal mining project for using Getty stock images in this advertising campaign.”
SAT quotes coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, Peter McCallum, as saying that the Adani Group used the advertisement on October 27, 2016 in the advertising campaign to represent angry locals, is “true to form”, adding, it is “just another chapter in Adani’s sustained campaign of misinformation in a desperate attempt to build support for its controversial mining project”.
The ad campaign, running in state and regional papers, employs a stock Getty image of a “Large group of serious business people looking at the camera”, McCallum says, adding, “Adani couldn’t even find real people to go into their ad campaign. Adani’s stock and trade is misinformation and this ad campaign is no exception.”
Claiming that the “foreign-owned miner” continues to contend that its project would create 10,000 jobs when evidence provided in court, under oath, by Adani’s economic witness revealed it would only generate 1,464 additional jobs, CcCallum insists, “Even with the port and rail line factored in, the project will only create a maximum of 25 per cent of the jobs Adani claims.”

Gautam Adani in Melbourne, May 2015
“Frustrating court action is another of Adani’s catch cries, yet our case resulted in the Environment Minister conceding that he made an error in his approval of the mine and the court then set it aside.”, says McCallum, adding, “Scrutiny by the courts has unveiled Adani’s habit of making misleading claims and doing poor environmental assessments, and has at the most delayed the project by one to two years. ”
Mackay campaigner further says, “Adani is again manipulating communities this week to obtain discounts and subsidies from local governments, by playing regional cities off against each other to host the company headquarters. ”
He adds, “This foreign owned company, headquartered in Gujarat, doesn’t care about locals, our environment or the Great Barrier Reef, it cares about its profits. This is symbolized by the fact it couldn’t even find real people for this latest ad campaign.”
“If we were to run newspaper ads we’d have no trouble finding Mackay residents, indigenous representatives, farmers, reef scientists and tourism operators to have their photos taken”, says McCallum, adding, “Adani can splash all the money around it likes.”
The campaigner concludes, “But at the end of the day the mine must stand on its own two feet, not be rushed through by governments bullied into action and acting against the best interests of Queensland locals and our precious environment.”

Comments

TRENDING

World Bank clarifies: Its 26th rank to India not for universal access to power but for ease of doing business

By Our Representative
In a major embarrassment to the Government of India, the World Bank has reportedly clarified that it has not ranked India 26th out of 130 countries for providing power to its population. The top international banker’s clarification comes following Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal’s claim that India has “improved to 26 position from 99” in access to electricity in just one year.

Mental health: India's 95% patients "deprived" of medical care, treatment gap 70%

By Moin Qazi*
Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb. An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million from anxiety disorders. For those who suffer from mental illness, life can seem like a terrible prison from which there is no hope of escape; they are left forlorn and abandoned, stigmatized, shunned and misunderstood.

Modi model? "Refusal" to build Narmada's micro canals, keep Kutch dry; help industry

By Medha Patkar*
This is the latest photograph of the Kutch Branch Canal (KBC) of the Sardar Sarovar, as of April 8! What does it show, expose, and what memories do you recall? Is it dry or dead? Is it a canal or a carcass of the same?

Bill Gates "promoting" GMO, Bt cotton, like cartels that have roots in Hitler's Germany

By Our Representative
World-renowned environmental leader and ecologist Dr Vandana Shiva has expressed concern that Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Corporation, has joined the bandwagon of “a poison cartel of three" – Monsanto and Bayer, Syngenta and ChemChina, Dow and DuPont – all of whom allegedly have “roots in Hitler’s Germany and finding chemicals to kill people”.

Indian talc products contain "contaminated" asbestos structures, can cause cancer: Study

Counterview Desk
A recent study, using polarizing light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction, and X-ray analysis on multiple over-the-counter Indian talc products for the presence of asbestos, has concluded that large quantities of body talc products are likely to pose a public health risk for asbestos-related diseases, especially for the cancers related to asbestos exposure.

Why are you silent on discrimination against Dalit jawans? Macwan questions Modi

By Rajiv Shah
Close on the heels of releasing his book in Gujarati, "Bhed Bharat", which lists 319 cases of atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis across the country over the last five years, well-known Gujarat Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan has shot an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, telling him the reasons why he does not want vote for the BJP.

Emergence of a rare Dalit teacher in IIT-Kanpur "disturbed" certain faculty members

By PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd)*
Dr Subrahmanyam Sadrela, a faculty member in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur since January 1, 2018, and one of the rare Dalit members of the faculty in IIT group of institutions, is facing the threat of revocation of his PhD thesis, and thereby also jeopardizing his job and career.

Investigation shows Narmada downstream "seriously" polluted. Reason: apathy, greed

By Rohit Prajapati, Krishnakant, Swati Desai*
Our investigation regarding quality of water flowing in the Narmada river downstream of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD), dated April 6, 2019, between 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. reiterates, what is commonly known now, that the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) is planned without considering its impact on the downstream Narmada River stretch of 161 kilometres, its ecology, biodiversity and fishery, and lakhs of people living close to and dependent on the river directly or indirectly. This, in turn, has led to its present disastrous state.

RTE in remote areas? Govt of India "plans" to close down 2.4 lakh schools

By Srijita Majumder*
The Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, came into effect on April 1, 2010, for the first time made it obligatory on the part of the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children from 6-14 years of age in India. The Act, despite its limitations, had progressive elements like neighbourhood schools, community participation, ban on corporal punishment, no detention, continuous and comprehensive evaluation and it hence it appeared that India was not far from achieving universal elementary education.

Election Commission suffering from worst-ever "credibility crisis": Ex-bureaucrats

Counterview Desk
In an open letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, a group of ex-bureaucrats have lamented ‘weak-kneed’ responses of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Citing various violations of the model code of conduct, and pointing towards how ECI has taken little action, the letter asks the President to tell ECI to “conduct itself in a manner where its independence, fairness, impartiality and efficiency are not questioned.”