Take Action: DIRECTV Censors Our Gaza Strip TV Ad!
February 3rd, 2009
Thanks to a generous emergency grant from Cultures of Resistance, we produced
a 30-second commercial about the U.S.
role in Israel’s
war on and siege of the Gaza Strip.
We thought, “What better way to bring this important information to the
attention of people in the United
States than to advertise nationally on
DIRECTV?” the largest satellite television subscription service in the
After detailed discussions with DIRECTV,
including agreement on rates, times, and network placements of the ad, when we
gave them the final product, they abruptly decided not to do business with
This blatant act of censorship is preventing millions of U.S. households from learning the truth about
our government’s crucial role in enabling Israel’s war on and siege of
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
IN THE NEWS
DIRECTV's censorship of our ad on Gaza has become a news story. Check out the following stories:
"DIRECTV Censors Gaza Strip TV Ad," Monthly Review, February 3, 2009
Democracy Now!, February 4, 2009
"Anti-Occupation Group Blasts DIRECTV," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 5, 2009
"DIRECTV Censors US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's Gaza TV Ad," Muzzle Watch, February 17, 2009
"DIRECTV Rejects Ad about Recent Gaza Invasion as Too 'Controversial'," Blogging Censorship, February 23, 2009
Watch both an extended internet version and the original 30-second commercial below.
Watch an extended internet version of the ad above.