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Northern Municipality clamps down on illegal ads

Six companies have been suspended for violating the law on advertising 14 of 1973 and its executive bylaws and amendments.

The Northern Municipality has also referred four other advertising companies to justice to face legal measures for their repeated violations of aforementioned legislation.

Control and Inspection Department Chief Abdulaziz Al-Wadi today announced the clampdown as he paid a field visit to monitor the removal of the ads which were in breach of the law.

The municipal authorities have so far removed more than 70 illegal advertisements, he said during the field visit which covered various parts of the Northern Governorate, including A'ali, Saar, and Hamad Town.

The owners of 22 advertising sites whose licences have expired have also been notified to regulate their situation.

Under article 16 of the law 14 of 1973, the municipality is authorised to fine anyone party involved illegal advertising in breach of the legislations.

Al-Wadi said that the clampdown followed directives of the Northern Municipality director-general Youssef bin Ibrahim Al-Ghatam and technical services director Lamia Al-Fadhala.

He urged all advertising and trading companies and individuals not to put any random ads on billboards installed in avenues, public squares or the walls and facades of buildings.

Source: Bahrain News Agency