Black Media Outlets Seek Part Of Court-Ordered Tobacco Ads

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Black media outlets want tobacco companies to run court-ordered advertisements in their publications as part of a lawsuit charging that the industry lied about the dangers of smoking.

The National Newspaper Publishers Association and National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters filed a brief in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ahead of a Wednesday hearing in the case.

A federal judge in 2006 ordered the industry to pay for the corrective statements in various advertisements in newspapers, as well as on TV, websites and cigarette pack inserts.

The groups argue the ads should be disseminated through their outlets because the black community has been disproportionally targeted by tobacco companies.

The companies and the federal government reached an agreement last week on the details of publishing those statements.


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