Tobago businesswoman Diane Hadad said that she is in consultation with her legal team over a soundbite used by the United National Congress (UNC) in a political advertisement, which features her voice.
Hadad, who is the chairman of the Tobago Chapter of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, added that she wished to, “distance and disassociate myself from any political advertisements on the various print, electronic and social media platforms, using clips of any interviews that I would have conducted in the past.”
In the political advertisement, Hadad’s voice is heard for three seconds at the end of a 1:53 minute clip.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh are also included in the clip and can be heard discussing the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said, “It has been brought to my attention that one political party is using a soundbite where an interview was conducted with me on a Morning TV show programme some time ago. That soundbite is now being used out of context and linking myself with a Political Party in an attack ad on its political rival.”
She added, “It is reprehensible for any political party to use Diane Hadad’s name and image to score cheap political points. I am a businesswoman and as a citizen of this country, I serve my country with dignity and pride. I am not in any way involved in party politics. Even more importantly, I was never notified that my good name, voice, and image were to be used in such a manner.”
She said she wanted to make it abundantly clear that, while she may have strong views on matters in this country, she remained apolitical and independent in those views and opinions.
“Consequently, in the first instance, I am requesting that with immediate effect, all political advertisements using Diane Hadad’s name, image, likeness or voice being aired on any media, be it on social media, print or electronic media be immediately removed and all publication cease; and that no other video, quote, image or photo of me be used by any political party or any of its affiliates or supporters or anyone whatsoever or whosoever in support of or against any political party or candidate in the upcoming election.”
She further warned, “I am in consultation with my legal team, and I wish to inform all that I will be taking legal action in defence of my good name and character.”