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BRITAIN'S advertising watchdog has banned an anti-terrorism commercial asking people to watch out for suspicious behaviour by their neighbours, including keeping curtains closed and paying for things in cash.
The Advertising Standards Authority says the radio ad could cause "serious offence" to law-abiding citizens.
The ad was part of a campaign for a police anti-terrorist hotline. It described a man who "likes to keep himself to himself," doesn't have a bank card and keeps his curtains closed
"The man at the end of the street doesn't talk to his neighbors much, because he likes to keep himself to himself... He pays with cash because he doesn't have a bank card, and he keeps his curtains closed because his house is on a bus route. This may mean nothing but together could all add up to you having suspicions."
The campaign by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), broadcast on the TalkSport radio station... The brief message, billed as "brought to you by TalkSport and the anti-terrorist hotline"
There's quite a difference between what some people don't agree with and blatant propaganda. What's the point you're trying to make there?
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
Cool. Creepy ad preying on fear and urging people to distrust and suspect each other and turn each other in. On the flip side, no one's screaming censorship or nanny state? I guess censorship is only bad if it relates to something we don't agree with.
Originally posted by badgerprints
I keep my drapes closed because it saves money on air conditioning. (Insulated)
I pay with cash to avoid all of the extra fees and charges as well as interest.
I keep to myself because I am single and a social life isn't the biggest priority in my life.
Why haven't you reported me yet?