A Christian radio station has been allowed to go to court to challenge a ban on an advert which asked Christians to report experiences of workplace marginalisation.
The Radio Advertising Clearance Centre (RACC) banned the ad from being aired, ruling
that it was politically motivated .
The banned ad said:
Surveys have shown that 60% of active Christians are being increasingly marginalised in the work place. We are concerned to get the most
accurate data to inform the public debate. We will then use this data to help make a fairer society.
The station was initially denied leave to challenge the ban in court, but that decision has now been overturned.
Kerridge, chief executive of Premier Christian Radio, said:
This is a victory for Christians across the UK who have time and again had their values and beliefs quashed by a liberal secularist agenda. In addition
the English legal system has not protected the basic, fundamental human right of freedom of expression of religion and belief.
Update: Judicial Review
18th December 2011. See
The High Court has granted a judicial review into the ban on an advertisement that asked Christians to report their experiences of marginalisation in
The Radio Advertising Clearance Centre (RACC) refused to allow the advertisement, made by Premier Christian Radio and intended for broadcast in the run-up to the General Election last year.
The advert quoted surveys showing
that 60% of active Christians are being increasingly marginalised in the work place. We are concerned to get the most accurate data to inform the public debate. We will then use this data to help make a fairer society, it said.
RACC refused to let the advert air, claiming that it had a political objective.
Premier was granted a judicial review in June but it was challenged by the RACC. Today's ruling means the station's legal challenge can go ahead. The judge indicated
that he would like the case expedited as this is an issue of great importance that involves the freedom of expression.