The ASA and the Secrecy Bill

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Mail & Guardian reports that the DA’s parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa to reconsider its repeated decision not to investigate ads about the controversial Protection of State Information Bill (aka the Secrecy Bill) issued by the Government Communication and Information Service.

The ads were launched in April in response to the huge amount of public opposition to the Bill on the basis that it is unconstitutional and curtails media freedom.

Since its launch, the allegedly multi-million rand campaign has been labeled as confusing and misleading.

The ASA has refused complaints lodged by the Right2Know campaign as well as an individual to investigate the adverts, saying that they were “controversial advertising” and not subject to provisions relating to misleading claims.

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