The U.K. Declares Saving the Environment and Animals is Political

Iceland’s [a U.K. frozen foods store] Christmas advert has been banned from being broadcast on TV due to its overtly political message.

The frozen food supermarket chain re-used a short animated film made by Greenpeace which details the environmental destruction caused by the manufacture of palm oil.

But Clearcast, the advertising watchdog, has said that the ad is in breach of the 2003 communications act, and will not let it air on TV.

Yahoo

The U.K. is largely controlled by conservatives, btw.

The banned advertisement:

About Clearcast, the organization which called the ad “political” (emphasis mine):

Clearcast is a non-governmental organisation which pre-approves most British television advertising. It came into being on 1 January 2008 and took over the responsibilities of the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre. Clearcast is now owned by six UK commercial broadcasters: ITV, ITV Breakfast, Channel 4, Channel Five, British Sky Broadcasting and Turner.

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