NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority banned all political advertising on its subways and buses after a judge ruled that a pro-Israel group was allowed to display an advertisement containing the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews” on city buses.
The resolution passed at the MTA’s board meeting Wednesday, prompting indignation from members of the board and the public who accused the agency of blocking New Yorkers’ first amendment rights.
“The New York City transit system is our public square,” argued Christopher Dunn, who works for the New York Civil Liberties Union. “It is the place that virtually all of us pass through day in and day out. And because of that, it is a central part of our speech in New York City.”