One of the best UK unis for journalism just banned the Sun, Mail and Express
Even though they don’t actually have any shops on campus
Students at City University of London have voted to ban The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express from campus.
The move will be embarrassing for the university, which has one of the best journalism schools in the UK and ties with all three papers.
However it is unclear what the motion itself means for the uni – as the Press Gazette notes, there are actually no retail outlets on campus which sell newspapers.
The move follows the rise of the Stop Funding Hate campaign, which has prompted companies like Lego to pull their advertising from tabloid newspapers.
Papers like the Mail and the Sun have come under fire in recent months, with their perceived anti-refugee and Islamophobic headlines drawing criticism.
The resolution was passed in a student union vote on “opposing fascism and social divisiveness in the UK media,” which said: “Freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to attack the weakest and poorest members of society.”
City, which has previously been described as “the Oxbridge of journalism,” has 19,500 students – but only 182 were in attendance when the motion was passed.
Professor Suzanne Franks, head of the department of journalism at City University, said students will still be free to read the papers: “Students on our journalism courses value being able to access the views of publications and broadcasters across the industry and the department will continue to enable all these opportunities.
“We combine professional skills training with a concern for professional standards and the importance of fair, impartial and ethical reporting is at the heart of our courses.”
SU President Yusuf Ahmad added: ““The Union is currently unaware of any outlets on campus selling the mentioned media publications.
“As with all motions, the Union will be considering how it implements this.”