YUSU have withdrawn all copies of Tuesday’s edition of Vision indefinitely following what is believed to be a breach of the media charter by the newspaper.
After copies were printed and delivered, YUSU moved to remove all copies from campus distribution points. Some copies had been picked up by students. It is unknown if the copies will be released later this week.
While YUSU were unable to comment, it is believed that legal advice is being taken in regards to comments made by the newspaper. YUSU were not able to confirm whether the breach of the media charter was due to libel or student welfare reasons, though it is reported that the comments in question regard a student politician.
As per the media charter, signed by all Union media soceities, YUSU check all news pages of campus newspapers before printing. The offending article was however missed by YUSU as it was placed in Vision‘s features section, which is not checked for legal issues.
Joe Burnham, Vision Co-Editor, said: “While not seeing eye-to-eye with YUSU causes problems for any campus society, we at Vision understand their desire to always err on the ‘safe’ side. We’ve been assured that Vision will still be released within the coming days, and as always we’re nothing but proud of the work of all our writers and editorial team.”
“Personally, I see occassional clashes with YUSU as a healthy relfection of Vision being an independent campus news resource, and demonstrates that campus media is not just a mouthpiece for the University,” he added.