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Here’s what Preston said in response to ‘Don’t Buy The Sun’ campaign

Posted on - 14th December, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Campaigns, News, Opinion, Preston Council
The Sun newspaper Pic: Will Taylor

The Sun newspaper Pic: Will Taylor

Preston shopkeepers are being urged to stop stocking The Sun newspaper in their shops.

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The pledge comes as part of a campaign against the newspaper which is suggested to have published “blatant lies” in an article about the Hillsborough Disaster on 15th April 1989, claim two Preston labour councillors.

The front page story titled “The Truth” contained a string of lies about the disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, which led to the deaths of 96 innocent fans who went to watch the football match, including two Prestonians, Christine Anne Jones and Gerard Baron.

A meeting at Preston Town Hall on Thursday 15 December will see councillors discuss the motion and decide whether it should be supported.

Nearly 1,000 Blog Preston readers have cast their votes on the issue – with 73 per cent supporting the council motion.

Read more: What happens with bins in Preston during Christmas

Here’s what Preston said in response:

Pauline M Thomas was in support of the campaign. She said: “There is not talk of a ban by the council, simply support for the request and therefore I have no problems with the council debating the motion, voting on the motions and acting on the motion if it should gain support.”

Daniel Jones didn’t agree with banning, however he believes the newspaper should apologise: “Banning is not the answer. Tighter regulations on them is, calling judges enemy of the state isn’t right and they should be punished and forced to do front page apologies when they post such vile material.”

Johnny Knight sounded cautious about the campaign, saying: “Banning specific media publication is the first step into a very dangerous world. Freedom of speech is Paramount and censorship evil.”

Tass Cotton thinks the Council should not get involved. She said: “This is not Council business. If individuals and groups want to encourage others to ban the sale of the newspaper, that’s OK, it is their right. If individuals chose not to buy the newspaper that is also their right. But in a democratic society, I don’t expect my Council to tell newsagents what newspaper they can or cannot sell, thereby preventing individuals from reading a newspaper of their choice.”

Hollie Jayne McCarthy thinks the shop owners should get a say: “Personally I think it should be the choice of the shop owner to decide whether or not they choose to endorse vile bigotry.”

Daniel Plummer made the point that the campaign is avoiding a bigger problem: “Hiding wont help anything. This isn’t solving a problem, it’s hiding it under a rug and hoping no-one will notice.”

Joseph Seager believes that the issue lies with people buying the Sun newspaper, not with the owners stocking them. He said: “If people didn’t buy these full-of-lies publications, shops wouldn’t sell them.”

Joe Westney has concerns about the motion if it is passed. He said: “You can’t pass a motion ‘urging’ stores not to stock it. That’s going down to their level. They have a right to print it just as we have the right to ignore/criticise it.”

What do you think about the ‘Don’t buy the Sun’ campaign? Do you buy the Sun newspaper? Let us know in the comments below

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