Norway may ban advertising aimed at children

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OSLO - The Norwegian government is expected to pass a new law in March that will place a total ban on advertising aimed at children under 12 years of age. The proposed ban would be extended from current restrictions on TV and radio advertising to include all media, including outdoor and print. The initiative follows the completion of a report by a special committee recommending tougher restrictions on advertising aimed at children.

Last November, the Swedish Government produced a discussion document it intends to use in its campaign to persuade the European Union to restrict advertising aimed at children. Sweden, which has taken over the six-month presidency of the EU, already has the most stringent laws in Europe governing ads targeted specifically at children. Under Swedish law, no advert can be aimed at children under 12. That includes ads for toys, food, electronic games and magazines that might appeal to children.

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