Should there be a boycott of The Sun?
WhenSaturday 22 July 2017
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Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG
A petition to ban The Sun in Manchester gathered more than 70,000 signatures before it was removed.
The Sun is no fan of trade unions and there have been successful campaigns to boycott it from other unions – with GMB banning The Sun from all premises and meetings. The Facebook Total Eclipse of The S*n campaign say it exists to “to promote people, stores, businesses, institutions and all who take a stand against the s*n ‘newspaper”.
The boycott campaign in Liverpool is well known for supporting the Justice for the 96 after the lies told by The Sun following the Hillsborough disaster.
The Sun now faces calls for a boycott in Manchester, accused of seeking to exploit the deaths of 22 people in the Arena bombing when it said Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell had “sucked up to the IRA”.
Can the NUJ – in Manchester or elsewhere – support a boycott that could threaten workers’ jobs?
The debate is chaired by Professor Chris Frost, chair of the NUJ's ethics council.
Chris Morley, NUJ Northern & Midlands organiser, will also be speaking. He said: “The NUJ, in the interests of diversity of opinion, freedom of expression and plurality in society, does not support the boycott of any newspaper or media outlet acting within the law. One of the key reasons why the content of the Sun is as it is is because of the grotesquely rigged ownership structure of UK media with Rupert Murdoch holding such a hostile and dogmatic attitude to trade unions and allowing his journalists to have any effective voice in the company. The NUJ policy is not to support an organised boycott but rather encourage a debate around fair ownership in the media and strengthening workers’ rights and journalistic ethics."
The Manchester and Salford is not offering its support to the Boycott The Sun campaign - it's a debate. All welcome. You don't have to be in the NUJ.
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