Chicago Pulls GTAIV Ads from Buses
Responding to pressure from a Fox News expose, the Chicago CTA president Ron Huberman has pulled advertising for GTAIV from public transit. This follows a weekend with over two dozen shootings on record. This move isn’t unprecedented in Chicago and is similar to moves by other major cities including Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon and Denver.
GamePolitics has put together an article on this assumed link between violent video game ads and violent crime used as an excuse to censor game ads. GP sums up the situation quite nicely:
The GTA IV transit ads shown by Fox News depict neither violence nor sex. Does the CTA reject ads for R-rated movies? Suggestive or violent television programs?
As I’ve written before, the video game industry needs to assert its First Amendment rights in these cases, which essentially come down to selective censorship by quasi-governmental entities.
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