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Journal editor who was sacked for transphobic tweets receives apology from Durham SU

They said his sacking didn’t follow society constitutions

Durham Students' Union has apologised over the dismissal of former editor of Critique and The Bubble, deeming it "unfair and undemocratic."

Angelos Sofocleous made national headlines when he was removed from his editorial positions at Critique (a Philosophy journal) and The Bubble, after retweeting on 19th August a post which read "RT if women don't have penises". The tweet was linked to an article entitled "Is it a crime to say 'women don't have penises'?"

In its apology Durham SU stated that the societies were "entitled to react to your free speech with their own expression of free speech, including a vote of no confidence… This did not happen".

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Angelos filed a formal complaint and wrote about his experience in The Spectator. The story was also picked up by The Daily Mail and The Times.

Durham SU further outlined that the societies had not observed requirements of their constitutions and the procedure enacted for Angelos's removal was incorrect".

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The SU apology in full

In response to the apology, Angelos tweeted: "Despite the attempt of certain individuals to hijack democratic processes by abusing their power, it is encouraging to see that there are still mechanisms in place through which justice is delivered".

The Bubble and Durham Philosophy Society are due to publish an apology to Angelos.

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