Seven clear to appeal against ACMA

2012-05-18_1207Updated: Channel Seven is clear to appeal a long-fought battle against the Australian Communications and Media Authority over a news story on cheap tobacco imports it aired in Adelaide in 2010.

In 2012 ACMA found that SAS Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd breached its licence condition because its “Cheap Cigarette Imports” news story had contravened the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act and the terms of Seven’s licence.

The Federal Court found in favour of ACMA in an appeal last year.

But today the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia found Seven is clear to appeal the decision.

Today Seven said in a statement, “The decision of the Full Court confirms the freedom of the media to broadcast news stories of public importance such as tobacco related health issues where there is no intention to promote smoking or tobacco products in the broadcast.”

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