Campaign Coverage 2020

Federal appeals court strikes down transit ad space lawsuit



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has struck down a policy of Philadelphia’s main transit agency that forbids advertising regarding issues it considers political or of public debate. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia determined Monday that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority violated the free speech rights of the Center for Investigative Reporting. The agency had refused to run ads promoting a CIR series on racial discrimination in home mortgage lending in 2018. The court found that SEPTA’s advertising policy can’t be applied in a consistent, logical manner. The American Civil Liberties Union had represented the center, claiming that rejecting the ads is a First Amendment violation.

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