Yesterday The Daily Telegraph reported that the BBC was coming under fire from the Food Commission for allowing popular, clean-living children's TV characters The Tweenies to be used to promote junk food: In its report the Food Commission charged that the Tweenies had effectively been prostituted through their enforced sale for use by Heinz, McDonalds and even Marks & Spencer.

The IPKat can reveal that, in what will be a ground-breaking action, The Tweenies are to sue Britain’s iconic broadcasting institution for damages and injunctive relief. This will be the first action brought by fictional characters for infringement of their rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as well as their right of freedom of expression under Article 10 of the same convention.

In an interview this morning on White City Radio, Ms Lou Biloux for the BBC has described the proposed action as vexatious and as trivialising the notion of human rights. Mr Andrew Pandy, acting for The Tweenies, however points out that human rights protection has already been given to fictional bodies such as corporations and media personalities and that the European Court of Human Rights could usually be expected to give a favourable ruling if the respondent was part of the British establishment. Pandy commented that fictional character abuse is rife within the BBC, adding that this case may become a class action.

Find out what The Tweenies are doing today
Show your solidarity with the White City Seven by organising a public rendition of their campaign song
Get your Tweenies ringtones here
For a rant about The Tweenies click here and scroll down to 25 April.
THE TWEENIES STRIKE BACK <strong>THE TWEENIES STRIKE BACK</strong> Reviewed by Jeremy on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 Rating: 5

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