December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
The student union council of the University of East Anglia has voted to join other universities and stop selling copies of national newspaper The Sun.
Copies of The Sun were taken off stands on the UEA campus this morning following a vote at last night’s meeting of the union’s council
Rachel Knott, the UEA student union’s women’s officer, had put forward the motion because she felt the newspaper “presents and elevates such a narrow and degrading view of women to society”.
The UEA’s union joins other universities, including Cambridge, Essex and Manchester, in boycotting The Sun - with many backing campaigns calling on The Sun to end its traditional page three picture of a topless woman.
The Sun remains Britain’s highest selling newspaper, with August figures for daily sales of around 2.2 million, ahead of the Daily Mail with 1.8m and Daily Mirror with 1m.
The issue of page three photos has been discussed again this year after media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Sun’s parent company News International, hinted that he was considering dropping topless photos on page three in favour of a ”halfway house” of “glamorous fashionistas”.
- What do you think? Have the UEA’s student union made the correct decision or should the students on campus be allowed to decide for themselves? Leave your comments below.