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ICAS announces winners of Global Awards

The International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS) announced the winners of its first ICAS Global Awards. The judges issued a Special Mention for the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for effective self-regulatory practices through its Code Consolidation project, completed in 2018. 

Media Release: New Code for Responsible Gambling Advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today released its new Gambling Advertising Code following a review of the Code for Advertising Gaming and Gambling. The Code recognises that gambling advertisements must not undermine the need for the prevention and minimisation of gambling-related harm. 

New Decisions: Medicinal Cannabis, Alcohol Advertising and More

Prior to Christmas, Glengarry Wines sent both addressed and unaddressed newsletters containing wine promotions. The Complainant was concerned the unaddressed advertisement had direct appeal to children and alcohol should not be marketed in that way. The Advertiser said the unaddressed advertisement had been sent to selected neighbourhoods that matched the target demographic for fine wines. 

New Decisions: Offensive Ads, Explicit Quotes and More

The Restaurant Brands television advertisement for KFC showed a man changing clothes on the side of the road.  The woman holding the towel up for his privacy deliberately dropped the towel as a passing car approached. The Complainants were concerned the advertisement showed a person being sexually harassed and humiliated which is offensive.

New Decisions: Vehicle Accessories, Sale Discounts and More

The Complainant was concerned that the use of a centrally mounted windscreen phone holder is unsafe and contrary to police advice. The Advertiser said it was not aware of this safety advice regarding central windscreen positions for phone mounts nor was it able to find this advice from its own online search. The Advertiser noted it had not received information from the NZ Police advising of this safety advice or the requirement for it to adhere to this in any communications.