Saturday, June 24, 2006
Sweden prosecutes online gaming advertisers

Sweden's Gaming board has reported the editors of four Swedish newspapers and magazines to the police for publishing adverts from foreign gambling companies. The Gaming Board is encouraged by a number of recent court rulings, which have confirmed that it is illegal to publish adverts from gaming companies other than state monopolies Svenska Spel and ATG.

The Swedish Gaming Board estimated that foreign gambling adverts bring in around US$60 million per year for the Swedish media. These include adverts on the two Swedish language satellite TV channels that are broadcast from the UK.