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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:11 PM

USA Today, 8/9/17:
 

ACLU sues Washington metro for barring 'political' ads, including one hailing the 1st Amendment

 

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that it is suing the Washington, D.C., metro system for rejecting as too "political'  four municipal transit ads on birth control, alt-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos, vegans and even one by the ACLU itself featuring the First Amendment in English, Spanish and Arabic.

 

"You don’t have to be a First Amendment scholar to know that something about that stinks," the ACLU said.

 

 



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:15 PM

Progressive Railroading, 8/11/17:

 
ACLU sues WMATA over ad policy

 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the agency's restrictions on advertising in train stations, subway cars and buses.

WMATA's guidelines ban ads that are "intended to influence public policy," according to an ACLU press release. WMATA also prohibits ads that are "intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions."

The ACLU argues that the restrictions limit free speech. The lawsuit follows the rejection of ads from four groups across the political spectrum, including ads from alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and abortion and birth-control provider Carafem.

 

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:56 AM

WTOP radio, 9/8/17:

Metro issues refund over rejected ads for controversial writer’s book

 

 

WASHINGTON — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is getting his money back for ads that Metro pulled down this summer after rider complaints, even as he tries to get them put back up across the system.

 

In new court filings opposing Yiannopoulos’s effort to get the book ads put back up, Metro said its advertising contractor never flagged the ads for a Metro review. Rider complaints on social media around July 4 prompted that review later, which concluded the ads violated Metro’s advertising guidelines. The ads were removed by July 8.

 

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