by Asia Patel
On 24th October 2013, a motion was passed at a UEA Union Council meeting which identified the issues with The Sun and decided to boycott the newspaper from Union outlets. On 12th February 2015, I brought forward a motion which amended the original one to include The Daily Star as part of the boycott. It passed, but not without its fair share of controversy and debate.
Through the passing of the original motion, the Union had acknowledged the serious problems with The Sun, but the policy had been written in a restricting way which meant that other media also displaying similarly questionable content could not be included as part of the boycott. This is why amendments were made to the motion – to make them more inclusive and ensure that policies are not being selectively applied.