A Cathay Pacific advertisement that depicts a same-sex couple holding hands has reportedly been banned by airport and transit authorities in the Hong Kong region. The advertisement is part of the airline’s Move Beyond campaign. The airline has been publicly outspoken in its support for diversity.
The South China Morning Post has reported that a Cathay Pacific advertisement which depicts a same-sex couple holding hands has been banned by authorities which operate both Hong Kong’s international airport and its mass transit system.
The advertisement was part of the airline’s Move Beyond campaign, an initiative that was meant to spotlight the carrier’s approach to diversity. The outlet reports that two unnamed sources say that the advertisement was “rejected” by both the Airport Authority Hong Kong, which runs Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), and the MTR Corporation, which operates the region’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system.
Authorities at HKG offered little comment on the matter, but a spokesperson explained that, “The [LGBT] visual was not included in the materials submitted to the [authority].”
A spokesperson for the MTR stated that the display of advertisement materials is coordinated via agency JCDecaux, adding, “clients should follow the contract terms and conditions of agency’s guidelines, to ensure the advertisements comply with the laws of Hong Kong as well as codes of practice in the advertising industry.”
According to the outlet, the Office of the Communications Authority, which governs telecommunications and broadcasting services within the region, has confirmed that there are “no restrictions of LGBT advertising.”
Cathay Pacific has spoken out in support of its campaign, saying, “We embrace diversity and inclusion. We are very diverse and our customers are too.”
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