Spanish Ombudsman recommends the prohibition of gambling advertisements
The Spanish citizen's rights ombudsman is proposing a complete ban on gambling advertisements on television, radio, media and internet.
2019 seems to be the year for calls to ban advertising on gambling sites in Europe. This was the case in Sweden with the Spelinspektionen and Norway with the Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet. This time it is the Spanish Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, who is calling for an advertising ban on gambling which we'll examine next.
Proposal to ban advertisements of gambling
With the exception of the Sociedad Estatal Loterías and Apuestas del Estado (SELAE), and the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE), which are state lotteries, the ombudsman is proposing an advertising ban on gambling. This would include the internet, tv, radio and media. In the absence of a complete ban, he would then seek to limit the time allocated for such advertising. These proposals have been fuelled by complaints from citizens.
This proposal has been outright rejected by the president of the Spanish gambling organization (Jdigital), Mikel López de Torre.
The proposal by the Ombudsman was rejected by the president of the Spanish gambling organization (Jdigital), Mikel López de Torre. He argues that enough has already been done to mitigate the issues created by online gambling.
As of now, we still don't know how this story end but we'll have to wait and see whether the ombudsman's proposal is rejected or accepted.