498. Restrictions on political and religious advertising.

The ban on political advertising on television and radio in England and Wales1 is a proportionate interference with freedom of expression rights2 because it prevents the distortion of the democratic process by powerful interest groups3: however, states are afforded a wide margin of appreciation in this area4.

Pursuant to the maintenance of religious pluralism the state is entitled to exclude all religious groupings from broadcasting advertisements if it chooses to, rather than filter individual adverts