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Anti-jihad posters cause New York City to adopt new disclaimer policy

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An ad in New York Subway saying, 'In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad' in New York City on Sept. 24, 2012. The ad belongs to the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

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Timothy A. Clary

After the row over ads placed in New York City's subway by the anti-Islam writer Pamela Geller the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the city's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) said they would add new, prominently displayed disclaimers on non-commercial ads.

The incendiary ad that sparked the controversy reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The disclaimer will say, "This is a paid advertisement sponsored by [Sponsor]. The display of this advertisement does not imply MTA’s endorsement of any views expressed."

The MTA said the disclaimer only applies for advertisements that it “reasonably foresees would imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace.”

The ads appeared earlier this week after a judge ruled the MTA could not deny their appearance due to free speech protection under the First Ammendment.

Jay Lhota, MTA Chairman, told the Huffington Post, "You deal with a First Amendment issue, you deal with a free speech issue with more free speech." 

On Thursday, Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested spray-painting the subway ad.

Here's a good break down of the issue: