8 Aug 2014

ASA investigates Internet Mana video

6:55 pm on 8 August 2014

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will consider a complaint about a video published by Internet Mana showing students chanting expletives about the Prime Minister.

Laila Harre and Hone Harawira at the Internet Mana rally in Wellington.

Internet Party leader Laila Harre and Mana leader Hone Harawira speak at a rally in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Craig McCulloch

The alliance posted footage from its hip hop event in Christchurch in July online, prompting the lobby group Family First to make an official complaint.

The ASA said it had written to all parties involved asking for comment before it would make any ruling.

Advertising standards state that ads should not denigrate competitors or contain anything that clearly offends generally prevailing community standards. However, they also say that the expression of robust opinion in advocacy advertising is essential for democracy.