South Africa: HIV "Cure" on Our Web Site Not a Problem -- African National Congress
June 23, 2009
Advertisements for an herbal supplement for HIV/AIDS patients have been running on the bottom of the Web site for the African National Congress Party's Youth League. However, ANC representatives say they outsourced the advertising and that site visitors can best evaluate such claims.
The Youth League has been selling advertising space on its Web page since January, said Oscar Masubelele, who oversees the site. Donations had failed to cover Web maintenance costs, and overtures to private advertisers were unsuccessful, he said. For R35,000 (US $4,277) a month, the league pays Google to keep the site up and running, and Google coordinates the advertising independently.
"As a political organization, we need to find ways of funding," said Magdalene Moonsamy, a league media spokesperson. She denied the league had any responsibility for monitoring the site's advertising content. "This is a small little thing at the bottom of the page. If you are really curious enough, you will go and see what it's all about."
06.19.2009; Sonya Bell
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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