“Clear Channel Outdoor Seattle carefully evaluates all requests for advertising placement on a case-by-case basis,” s. “Where necessary, we balance our belief that out-of-home advertising can contribute to our community’s discussion of serious issues with our equally strong commitment to ensure that all messages… adhere to community standards and are not offensive towards any business, group or individual.”
“As noted in all contracts, Clear Channel Outdoor reserves the right to reject any advertising, at our sole discretion. Upon further review, it became evident that [the billboards] promoted a web site that is not in keeping with those standards. As a result of that review, we removed this advertising from our displays.”
“It seems clear that even a call for equal rights for Palestinians is a message that the Israel Lobby in this country cannot tolerate.”
“In a free and democratic society, we cannot allow the government to suppress lawful speech, even speech that may stir emotions. Chipping away at fundamental free speech rights is not the answer.
“We should keep in mind that mild speech doesn’t need protection. It is when we are faced with controversial speech, speech that is intensely upsetting to some people, that our adherence to the First Amendment is most important.”