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Anti-turbine group found to be in breach of advertising codes

Published date: 29 November 2012 |
Published by: Tomos Hughes
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A WIND turbine opposition group have hit back against a ruling which found them to be in breach of advertising codes.

Complaints made to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) against leaflets circulated by Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (AAWT) have been upheld after they were found to be grossly inefficient and misleading.

Now, AAWT have hit back against the ruling, claiming that the actions of the ASA are in breach of the group’s rights to freedom of expression under the Human Rights Convention.

Paul Madden from AAWT said: “The ASA has no business interfering with the rights of individuals to communicate to their communities on issues that affect them.

“Promoting ideas and causes isn’t the same as selling bars of soap or tubes of toothpaste. The ASA should stick to regulating commercial advertising.”

The outcome of the ASA ruling states that the leaflet must not appear again in its current form, but the campaign group have pledged to continue their fight against the proliferation of turbines on the Island.

Richard Edwards of AAWT said: “What’s more important to people in Anglesey - that we fight wind turbines, which will ruin the island and wreck its economy or waste time responding to the ASA? We choose to fight wind turbines.”

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