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by NICK SCOTT


The printers of the badger have censored a sex column which has been running for the past six weeks, deeming it "too pornographic".

West Country Design & Print, who have printed the badger since it first went tabloid two years ago, have never before had any problems with content. In conversations with the printers, they revealed that they had carried out their checks on the paper at the request of their major clients, the Daily Mail. It had been assumed by the badger that the job of a printers was to print, not to pass moral judgement on the content contained therein. Obviously this assumption was wrong.

Sussex Studentsí Union has various strict policies on what groups funded by the Union can do when it comes to potentially offensive material. The sex column has never been a matter of complaint from the Union or students.

The badger and Union are working together to assure that this censorship is not continued. The fact that the Mail will print homophobic, racist and otherwise offensive articles on a daily basis does not seem to have occured to West Country.

The Mail has long argued for press freedoms. The badger hopes that the printers will see the hypocrisy in their censorship, and publish a harmless column that is far less offensive than what is published daily in the Mail.