Ruling reinforces advertising ban on pubcasting airwaves

By Dru Sefton

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a constitutional ban on political advertising on public television and radio stations, Reuters reports.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 8-3 that Congress was justified in prohibiting pubstations from running paid ads for for-profit entities, issues of public interest and political candidates.

In April 2012, a three-judge panel of the same circuit voted to allow pubcasters to run those ads in the Ninth Circuit states of the West.

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