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The Sun should be ashamed

June 15, 2020 7:05 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

In a letter to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the Liberal Democrats have condemned today's front page of The Sun as "appalling and unacceptable" and urged the independent regulator to make clear there must be no place for the "glorification of violence" in our media.

Liberal Democrat MPs Christine Jardine, Daisy Cooper and Ed Davey, the Party have also called on The Sun to donate all its revenue from today's paper to the charity Refuge, to support its vital work helping survivors overcome their abuse and rebuild their lives.

A group of cross-party MPs and charities have come together to condemn the front page of The Sun for giving a voice to an alleged perpetrator of domestic violence, J.K. Rowling's former husband.

To give such a prominent platform to the unrepentant, self-serving taunts of a man who has, by his own admission, committed domestic violence is utterly irresponsible.

That front page should never have been published. The Sun should apologise and donate all its revenue from today's paper to the charity Refuge, to support its vital work helping survivors overcome their abuse and rebuild their lives.

There must be no place for this sort of glorification of violence in our media or our society. As the body responsible for regulating The Sun, IPSO must publish its own guidance to make that clear.