A leak to The Times has revealed that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has made a draft recommendation that complaints against Friends of the Earth – made by fracking company Cuadrilla and two well-known supporters of fracking – should be upheld.
This leak, relating to a Friends of the Earth fundraising leaflet, is an outrageous attempt to sidestep the ASA’s decision-making process. This draft document isnot the ASA’s final decision. The ASA asked for further information and is still considering evidence submitted by Friends of the Earth. They are due to make a decision in the next month or so.
Just last week a previous decision by the ASA to ban a Greenpeace advert highlighting the risks of fracking was overturned because of expert opinion.