Health Billboard Banned in Sacramento Airport

Health Billboard Banned in Sacramento Airport

"Some call it free speech. Others said it’s too provocative for the public. Either way, a controversial billboard has been banned from the Sacramento International Airport. Busy travelers at the airport's Terminal B might not even know there’s anything missing, but a black canvas near Gate 18 is now a placeholder for the banned ad, which featured undocumented immigrants promoting health care for all. The resistance is because the billboard violates the airport’s advertising display policy. Airport officials declined to be interviewed on camera, but in a statement sent to KCRA 3, they said, "In-terminal advertising at Sacramento International Airport is managed by Clear Channel Airports under a contract with the Sacramento County Department of Airports. The California Endowment ad was declined because it did not meet the advertising display policy set forth in the agreement we established with Clear Channel, which requires that under no circumstances shall advertising be displayed that would 'involve the country or the airport in controversial, social, moral, political or ethical issues.'" The folks from California Endowment, a nonprofit health foundation, were stunned their ad was rejected, despite a $40,000, three-year contract for ad space at the airport. "Ads like this have run in convenience stores and small markets and laundromats," Zingale said. "They have been on billboards all over the state." The group also has placed similar ads on TV." - KCRA, June 12, 2014.