Campus Officials Shut Down Broadcast of Students Protesting Newspaper Ban

Dec 8, 2016 by

They didn’t like being filmed passing new censorship rules.

Student officials shut down a live broadcast that showed free-speech activists protesting against a campus newspaper ban.

Members of the students’ union at Queen Mary University of London threatened to expel the Free Speech Society from a debate on the ban if they did not stop filming.

The union voted on Tuesday to ban three national newspapers – the Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Sun – from being sold on campus, prompting a backlash and accusations of censorship.

And during the fractious meeting – pictured above – union officials intimidated students into ending their filming of the event, which was generating online opposition from students not in the room.

Emily Dinsmore, a Queen Mary student and member of the Free Speech society, told Heat Street: “It was all a bit melodramatic. Students said it made them feel uncomfortable being filmed. One said that the council should call the police.”


The council meeting – where students were told to use “jazz-hands” instead of clapping to avoid triggering their peers –  saw 13 students vote for the motion, while 3 opposed it and 10 abstained.

Outlawing newspapers has become a favoured activity for student bureaucrats – the vote makes Queen Mary the 33rd British institution to pass a ban.

In a statement, the Student Union said: “as a union we strive to support all students. This includes ensuring refugees, migrants and other marginalised groups feel welcome.”

It is unclear whether supporters of free speech are considered a marginalised group.

Featured image via Emily Dinsmore

Source: Campus Officials Shut Down Broadcast of Students Protesting Newspaper Ban | Heat Street

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