Each issue of The Badger has to be signed off by a Students’ Union representative before it is sent to print to ensure it complies with relevant legislation and to avoid the threat of litigation.
This ensures The Badger is operating within the law and protects the Union and student journalists from potentially costly legal cases as the Union is the publisher of The Badger.
This process had not been followed for the most recent issue. The Badger were asked not to distribute the paper until it had been signed off in the correct way.
We are investigating how this occurred so cannot comment further at this point.
We hope to resolve this as soon as possible.
Update 2.10pm 29/09:
Our investigation into this matter continues and we aim to complete by the end of the week.
We have received advice that supports our concerns that content in the most recent issue is potentially defamatory, concerns raised with The Badger last week. Any legal action could be costly and could threaten the future of the Union. The topic of the article is not of concern, however we believe the way it has been covered leaves us open to legal challenge.
We have a responsibility to protect the Union and its student members which is why we didn’t want to publish an article that we believe puts us at risk of legal action.
We are working with the Badger team to gather information and legal opinions on this.
We’re keen to work with the Badger team to enable them to get back to publishing content.
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