Ruutel promulgates law on outdoor political ads

  • 2005-06-21
TALLINN - President Arnold Ruutel on Monday signed into law the much-debated law that prohibits outdoor political advertising during the active period of pre-election campaigning after the final day of candidate registration.

The law prohibits the display of images of independent candidates, political parties and persons running on a party ticket, party logotypes and other symbols on the walls of buildings, vehicles of the public transport system and cabs, and other political outdoor ads.

Speaking at a government press conference, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of the Reform Party said he couldn't understand why some media channels were given preference over others. "I've been a supporter of curbing the volumes of outdoor advertising for quite some time, but I've presumed an accord between parties, not orders and bans," he said.