Twitter’s ban on political ads does change the game in one – Liam Mcloughlin

6 11 2019

Twitter has announced that it is banning paid-for political adverts, just as the UK enters a general election, saying that the reach of political messages “should be earned, not bought”. Read the rest of this entry »





What we know about how political parties use Facebook advertising and what we don’t – Katharine Dommett and Sam Power

29 05 2019

Over the past five years, Facebook has exploded as a site for political advertising and election campaigning. Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Merkel have all used it to promote their ideas. Yet despite the increasing prominence of Facebook, we currently know very little about how much political parties actually spend on the platform. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Animal Defenders v UK, ban on political advertising does not violate Art 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh

1 05 2013

animaldefendersOn Monday 22 April 2013, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights held, by nine votes to eight, that the UK’s ban on political advertising on television did not violate Article 10. The majority opinion in Animal Defenders International v. the United Kingdom departed substantially from the Court’s previous case law on political advertising, and introduced a new method for reviewing the proportionality of such blanket-bans. Read the rest of this entry »





A surprise ruling? Strasbourg upholds the ban on paid political ads on TV and Radio – Jacob Rowbottom

23 04 2013

animaldefendersThe European Court of Human Rights has given its decision in Animal Defenders International, holding that the ban on political advertising on the broadcast media does not violate Article 10. I had been convinced that the Strasbourg Court, following earlier decisions in cases involveing Switzerland and Norway, would come to the opposite conclusion – but I am relieved that they did not. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Human Rights Dismisses Animal Defenders “Political Advertising” Article 10 application

22 04 2013

Court of Human RightsThe Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has dismissed the application in the case of Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom.  In a decision made by a majority of 9 votes to 8, the Grand Chamber held that the UK’s ban on political advertising in the broadcast media was not a violation of Article 10 of the Convention. Read the rest of this entry »