UK Antiterror Commercial Banned

Britain’s advertising watchdog has banned an antiterrorism commercial that urged radio listeners to watch out for people who keep their curtains drawn, keep away from their neighbors and pay with cash instead of debit or credit cards, behavior that senior police officers said could “potentially be linked to terrorist activities.” The Advertising Standards Agency, an industry-appointed body, said it made the ruling after concluding that law-abiding people with similar habits could be offended. The advertisement, paid for by the Association of Chief Police Officers, featured a narrator saying: “The man at the end of the street doesn’t talk to his neighbors much because he likes to keep 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.” The narrator concluded, “If you suspect it, report it.”

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