Selling Fascism II

May 20th, 2009 § 0 comments

More on Newsquest taking BNP money for banner ads across the top of they’re local newspaper websites.

Apparently newsquest were only doing it because they were under duress…

A salesman at Newsquest who said his name was James, said that Newsquest was obliged to carry advertising from the BNP as it was a “legitimate political party” and that not taking any money would be against “democratic rules of party political advertising” or some rubbish like that. He said, at any rate, that Newsquest was obliged to take money from the BNP and carry their ads because it was a political party. He referred me to the Advertising Standards Authority, who he said had codes that they had to follow.

When Sunny asked the ASA about this, he was told that no codes like that existed and the press (politics?) are exempt anyway. On Sunny went the electoral commission who stated…

“Under electoral law there is no obligation for a newspaper to carry any party political advertising. They are free to reject them if they wish to.”

So, Newsquest. Happy to take the Fascist schill.

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