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23 Jan 2018

Christopher Avery

Letter to Bayer re human rights concerns

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Bayer lends financial support (via advertising) to Hannity’s repeated attacks on the independent media, Bayer thereby failing to respect [int'l human rights standards]... An independent press is fundamental to democracy and human rights... [T]he independent media in the United States is under siege as never before, and Sean Hannity is taking the lead attacking the independent media persistently on his Fox News television show... Bayer [also] lends financial support (via advertising) to Hannity’s repeated calls for the firing of the special prosecutor investigating attempts to subvert the fairness of the 2016 U.S. election.

... If Bayer makes a decision to continue advertising on the Sean Hannity Show, I and others would feel a responsibility to call attention to the concerns detailed above, and to Bayer’s failure to abide by its own human rights policy, as well as its failure to respect the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other internationallyrecognized human rights standards.