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Court says Port of Portland cannot reject ad

Free speech advocates are claiming victory after Multnomah County Circuit Court ruled the Port of Portland cannot reject anti-clear cutting advertisements at the Portland International Airport, which it manages.

The ruling comes in a case brought by a coalition of conservation organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon over the airport's refusal to accept an anti-clearcutting advertisement in the airport.

"The court followed well-established principles of freedom of expression under the Oregon Constitution," said David Fidanque, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oregon. "We hope that the Port of Portland will now put this matter to rest by allowing Oregon Wild to display their ad at the airport as soon as possible."

The ad seeks to draw attention to proposals by Senator Wyden and others to vastly expand clearcutting on public lands in Western Oregon, and the effects such logging could have on the state's tourism and outdoor recreation industry.

"We are pleased with this ruling, and with the opportunity to draw attention to Oregon’s weak logging rules," said Sean Stevens, Executive Director of the conservation group Oregon Wild. "The Port of Portland must honor the constitution just like any other government agency."