Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Save Darfur guilty of false advertising

The Save Darfur coalition has been having a bit of difficulty recently. First, the New York Times (of all publications) criticised them for exaggerating the figures over Darfur, and now the Advertising Standards Authority has had a go at them for the same thing:

But Britain's Advertising Standards Authority said in a ruling last week that recent adverts saying that 400,000 people had died in violence that the coalition blames on the Sudanese government went too far.

"There is no dispute that atrocities are going on there," said ASA spokesman Matt Wilson. "One doesn't want to quibble when it comes to mass slaughter but they simply could not substantiate the figure of 400,000."