Freedom of the Press?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. US Constitution Amendment 1.

One of the most popular online press release companies has banned bingo companies from using their services.

PRWeb have told all online gambling companies that they cannot
distribute any press releases on their behalf because they have
received a Cease and Desist Order from the State of Washington. PRWeb
is also based in the North West American state.

The situation means that fully legal internet bingo sites which do not
even accept American players have been blocked from using one of their most effective means of distributing news about their activities,
bonuses and promotions.

“I apologize for the abrupt notice,” said Cari Lyle, PRWeb’s East
Coast Manager of Editorial Services. “This was not a decision that
PRWeb willingly made. We received a Cease and Desist letter from the
Washington State Online Gambling Commission requiring that we
immediately halt the distribution of press releases promoting online
gambling sites and content. As PRWeb is located in Washington State, we are required to be in compliance with Washington State laws.”

The ruling is sure to get a lot of attention from European Union officials who argue that American actions unfairly discriminate against European gambling companies. While American legislators argue strongly that they have the right to stop European companies from offering online gambling to US citizens, it is hard to see how they can justify fully licensed European companies releasing press releases to attract European players. The fact they are using a US based company to send out these press releases only emphasizes the international nature of the Internet and how a state with a 6.5 million population – or about 2% of the US population – can have a disproportionate impact on legitimate operators.

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