A council election candidate has claimed he has been prevented from posting adverts on Facebook after it said the part of Co Down where he lives is in the Republic.Downpatrick-based independent Cadogan Enright said he has fought a five-week battle with the social media giant but has yet to convince its team of experts that he is based in Northern Ireland.In the wake of claims that Russian interference influenced the outcome of the US election and EU referendum, Facebook has tightened rules on who can post political adverts on its site.One of the company's new policies is to disallow electoral ads purchased from outside the jurisdiction where the poll is taking place.However, according Mr Enright, who has sat on Newry, Mourne and Down Council for the past 12 years, Facebook has wrongly identified him as residing south of the border and therefore blocked his bid to put campaign ads on its site.In a last-ditch effort to persuade it of his bona fides, he has had the council's chief … [Read more...] about Election candidate claims adverts blocked because ‘Facebook believes Downpatrick is in Republic’
The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed what it termed ‘political’ interest litigation filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and advocate Ishkaran Bhandari seeking SIT probe into the “mysterious” death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor while stopping short of imposing cost on them for withholding information and facts from the court and also cautioning against making the PIL public even before the same comes up before the court.“The Court is left with a distinct impression…that this is perhaps a textbook example of a ‘political interest litigation’ dressed up as a PIL. The Court should be careful in not letting the judicial process be abused by political personae for their own purposes, whatever the nature of the matter may be. That is not to say that no political person can file a PIL. It is only that, in such instances, particularly where the principal allegations are against political opponents, the Court … [Read more...] about Delhi HC Junks Swamy’s ‘Political’ Interest Litigation For SIT Probe Into Sunanda Pushkar’s Murder [Read Order]
In a major setback to the state government, Jharkhand High Court has quashed an advertisement issued by the Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission inviting applications to the Combined Graduate Trained Teacher Competitive Examination-2016 for appointment to the post of graduate trained teacher in government secondary schools, calling it arbitrary and unconstitutional.There are a total of 17,972 posts to be filled.Justice Shree Chandrashekhar passed these directions after hearing a petition filed by Arts and Science graduates who claimed to be aggrieved by the said advertisement.The said advertisement was notified on December 27, 2016. It sought to club history and civics together as one subject in terms of the eligibility criteria.This, the petitioners argued, is arbitrary, illegal and contrary to the 2015 Jharkhand Appointment Rules.Also, in a departure from the past as previously, applications for appointment in history and political science (or civics) were notified … [Read more...] about Jharkhand HC Quashes Govt Advert Inviting Applications For 17,972 Graduate Teacher Posts In Secondary Schools [Read Judgment]
Podemos' Ikea-inspired ad campaign. Photo: Podemos catalogue As Spain prepares for yet another general election, its political parties seem to have lost the plot, if their new campaign ads are anything to go by. A crazy cat lady walks into a shop and asks for 70kg of cat food for her 122 cats. "You must really love cats," says the shop assistant. "Not especially," the woman replies, "it's just that I'm totally against dogs." Then comes the tagline: "Doing things because you are against them doesn't make sense in real life. Don't do it when you vote." No, this isn't a sketch for a surreal comedy show, it is the latest campaign advert for Spain's conservative Popular Party, which is hoping to cling onto power after the general election on June 26th. READ MORE: Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election It failed to win enough votes in the December 22nd election which led to months of fraught attempts at pact-making which eventually came to nothing - and the … [Read more...] about Are these the weirdest political campaign ads ever?
When readers in Germany opened their newspapers earlier this month, they likely weren't surprised to see a full-page campaign advertisement from Chancellor Angela Merkel. The country’s Bundestag elections are, after all, this Sunday. But if most Germans had started to read the advert, they would have found the text unintelligible. Merkel’s message to voters was written in Turkish, and was printed in Öztürk – a monthly newspaper for Turkish Germans. In a move that is virtually unheard of in the UK and many other European countries, Germany’s major political parties are printing adverts, flyers and posters in the languages spoken by the country’s immigrants. It isn’t just Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that is employing this tactic. With pollsters Forschungsgruppe Wahlen estimating that one-third of German voters are still undecided, every political party has the chance to pick up extra votes, and many of the major parties … [Read more...] about Why German parties are flyering and advertizing in languages from Russian to English