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Advertising watchdog accused of political censorship

24 June 2013

Independent watchdog or political censorship?

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been accused of political censorship for launching a spurious investigation into an advertisement against same-sex marriage.

The ASA launched the formal investigation after it received one complaint against a newspaper advertisement placed by SPUC.

The advertisement warned that "gay relationships will be promoted in schools" if the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) bill becomes law. The complaint alleged that the statement was "misleading".

The ASA has demanded that SPUC substantiate its claim. SPUC has today replied to the ASA with a robust letter accusing the ASA of "trespassing on freedom of expression in the political field". [SPUC, 21 June]

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