Free speech campaigners at a ban-happy university have coated campus in copies of an outlawed newspaper to protest against being told what they can or can’t read.
Members of Queen Mary University of London distributed 250 copies of The Sun on Monday afternoon, not long after student officials passed policy to ban it.
Photographs of the protest day show students leaving copies in shops and around spots on campus, including on the shelves in the shop next to other newspapers deemed acceptable to students.
It is a rebuke to campus bureaucrats who passed a “commercial boycott” motion last month against the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Sun newspapers, which have a combined readership of several million.
Students trying to hold those implementing the boycott were shut down by officials, who threatened them with arrest for broadcasting the vote.
Union officials struck again after this protest, quickly removing copies left around to make a point.
Emily Dinsmore, who helped organise the protest, told Heat Street: “We managed to hand out/distribute almost 250 of today’s Sun and with the remaining few, we put them up on the walls in the students’ union building.
“In typical censorious fashion, they were removed almost instantly by students’ union representatives.”
The QMUL protest comes as part of wider attempts to protest on a crackdown against the media in the UK.
— Emily Dinsmore (@EmilyRDinsmore) January 9, 2017
The British government is currently considering whether to implement controversial new regulation which could see media companies forced to pay enormous financial penalties in court cases unless they agree to legislation backed by the state.
A recent poll, reported by Heat Street, showed that hardly any British people consider changing the system of press regulation to be a priority, and only 4% have confidence in the funding model of the most prominent state-compliant regulator.