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2010 10 27
Freedom of expression restricted: sexual orientation in advertising prohibited in Lithuania
LITHUANIA, Vilnius - New Law on amendment of the Law on Provision of Information come info effect last week on 18th October, 2010. It is stated in the Law that advertising and audiovisual commercial communication must not contain manifestation or promotion of sexual orientation.
 
In Article 2 definitions of “Audiovisual commercial communication” and “Advertising” are given:
 
“Audiovisual commercial communication means images with or without sound which are designed to promote, directly or indirectly, the goods, services or image of an entity pursuing an economic activity and which are included in TV programme in return for payment or for similar consideration or for self-promotional purposes. Forms of audiovisual commercial communication include, inter alia, television advertising, sponsorship, teleshopping and product placement.”
 
“Advertising means information broadcast in any form and by any means, except for TV commercials, whether in the interests of the advertiser or for self-promotional purposes in connection with a person’s economic, commercial, financial or professional activity in order to promote the purchase of goods and services, including the purchase of immovable property and the transfer of rights and obligations.”
 
Article 17 of the Law on amendment (full name Law on amendment of Articles 2, 5, 19, 22, 25, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, and 54 and the Annex to Law on Provision of Information and supplement of the Law with Articles 34(1), 34(2), and 40(1) and a new section three) amends Article 39 of Law on Provision of Information to read as follows:
 
“Article 39. Requirements for advertising and audiovisual commercial communication
1.      Advertising and audiovisual commercial communication must be decent, fair, and identifiable. Advertising and audiovisual commercial communication must not prejudice respect for human dignity, discrimination on grounds of race, sex or ethnic origin, nationality, citizenship, religion or faith, disability, and age, also must not contain manifestation or promotion of sexual orientation, be offensive to religious or political beliefs, encourage behaviour prejudicial to health and safety, also behaviour largely detrimental  to environmental protection.”
 
This law goes even further then the amendments to Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information which came into effect on 1st March, 2010, since this Law applies not only to information to minors, but information in general. This Law is obviously meant to restrict information and “promotion” of homosexual relationship and there is a great possibility that this will be used in the future against LGBT related information.
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