Another seat of learning where the Sun never shines…Plymouth Student’s Union decides to censor the newspapers that voice the views of large sections of the British population

Posted: 3 December, 2016 in UK News
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upsu logoStudents at Plymouth university have followed students at City, University of London by deciding to ban three newspapers from their campus.It means that the campus shop run by Plymouth’s students will not sell copies of the Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express and their Sunday equivalents from the new year.

According to a report in the Plymouth Herald , the decision was taken by the executive council of the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU). The motion was passed, says a UPSU Facebook statement, by a large majority . However students themselves were not consulted. The Student’s Union said:

Whilst we believe that freedom of expression and speech are inalienable human rights, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a number of British tabloids are known to express hateful views. […BUT…]

They aim at belittling and demonising certain groups in society, such as immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, disabled people, the LGBTIQA+ community, Muslims, Black and Asian communities…

It is our duty to protect and empower and represent marginalised and discriminated against groups… UPSU opposes hatred, discrimination and demonisation of any individual..

Because of these very values that we hold and we are proud of, we believe that it is unethical for us to profit out of the sale of hateful, non-factual and anti-scientific media platforms.


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