Sheffield Uni newspaper banned for doing actual journalism

The University of Sheffield has banned a student paper, Forge Press, from being distributed across campus after it discovered the paper was set to publish an investigation into the university’s unscrupulous employment practices.

Editor Alisha Rouse called it an “attempt to censor” its students, and labelled it “the worst attempt at damage limitation I have ever seen by a media team”.

The front page investigation – already published online – uncovered the university’s intention to exploit a legal loophole in order to lower the wages it pays to student staff.

The article included an interview with Chris Daly, Sheffield’s regional officer for Britain’s biggest union, Unite, who claimed the university’s actions meant it has “joined the race to the bottom”.

In a statement on the Forge Press website, editor Rouse said: “We owe students a duty of care to expose abuses of power at the expense of student welfare.

“This poor attempt at gagging has only made us pursue this with more vigour.”

Forge Press won the NUS Award for Best Student Media in 2012.

[UPDATE: The ban has been rescinded]

(Source: Forge Press)

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