MPs urge Clearcast to reconsider ban on Beatbullying TV advert

Hard-hitting footage of a girl sewing her own mouth shut should be shown on TV, says early day motion

MPs have called on advertising watchdog Clearcast to reconsider its ban of a television advert by anti-bullying charity Beatbullying.

Clearcast ruled that the charity's You Can Speak Out Now campaign, which features a teenage girl sewing her mouth shut, should not be broadcast on television, although its billboard posters and cinema adverts have been allowed.

An early day motion proposed by Labour MP Anne McGuire backs the work done by the charity and asks Clearcast to take another look at the ban. It has so far been signed by eight MPs.

The motion says members "support the initiative to combat bullying and cyberbullying in their constituencies; further recognises that Beatbullying's You Can Speak Out Now advertisements for the Cybermentors service are being shown in cinemas and on billboards across the UK; and further calls on Clearcast to reconsider its decision to ban the advertisements from television".


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