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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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