Christians have called for The Sun newspaper to be banned, after a publicity stunt earlier this year in which Rupert Murdoch’s paper claimed to be ditching its controversial page 3 feature.
After a long campaign to put pressure on The Sun to put an end to showing a topless young woman in the so-called family paper, news broke in January this year that the newspaper would no longer publish the photo story.
News outlets hailed the story as a win for feminism and the family. But, after a three-day break, The Sun returned to its old form.
Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, questioned whether the break was ‘just all a publicity stunt by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp’. He said, ‘Topless models in a family newspaper are not a good thing for society or the young, impressionable minds that are exposed to this bottom shelf newspaper.
‘Of course, what newspapers publish is a matter for newspapers, and editorial decisions are for editors, but when these decisions impact negatively on society then society needs to take a stand’.
The EA has called on its members to stop buying The Sun and on responsible advertisers to reconsider placing adverts in the newspaper.
Mr Clifford said, ‘There appears to be a vacuum of moral leadership in this company, which had been at the forefront of the hacking scandal, a focus of the Leveson Inquiry into ethics in the media, and includes content that raises eyebrows about its social responsibility’.