UK regulator Ofcom bans Saudi Arabia TV advert

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to diversify Saudi Arabia’s financial system

The UNITED KINGDOM’s broadcasting regulator has dominated that a television ad for Saudi Arabia breached its laws on political promoting.

The advert, which ran on Sky 1, promoted the country’s Imaginative And Prescient 2030 reform agenda and featured images of girls driving and cinemas opening.

But Ofcom stated selling the reforms and UNITED KINGDOM-Saudi links ignored “heightened public controversy” in regards to the issues.

Ofcom has not levied an exceptional, however ruled that Sky can’t repeat the ad.

The one-minute advertisements ran in March, sooner than a visit to the uk by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The advertisements show a montage of images selling Saudi society, over which a narrator says: “Issues are indisputably converting in Saudi Arabia… Key international partnerships are at the heart of this shift, basically with the Uk.”

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Ofcom stated it regarded as whether there has been a “public service nature” to the adverts, equivalent to, for example, the ones used by the united kingdom executive to marketing campaign on well being or road safety.

but the regulator concluded: “In Ofcom’s view, the primary intention of the commercial used to be to painting the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a positive gentle.” The adverts had been paid for via an arm of the country’s ministry of tradition and information.

Ofcom also mentioned in its ruling that it “took under consideration the debate and debate that was taking place among the wider public extra usually, as reflected in the media reports revealed within the days instantly preceding and during the consult with by means of Saudi royalty and officers”.

The regulator mentioned a Sky Information file which stated that “the visit is not going to be without criticism and protest”.

Earlier this 12 months Mohammed bin Salman unveiled a huge reform agenda, designed in part to open the country to extra international inward investment and create an economic system much less depending on oil revenues.

During the crown prince’s visit, there was also roadside billboard and newspaper promoting to advertise the country.

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