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the University of Manchester Students' Union should re-introduce freedom of the Press

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A student called Jeremy raised the issue that currently University of Manchester Students' Union media (including the Mancunion, Fuse FM, Fuse TV and the Riveter) are open to being mandated by the Union's decision making structures as they are centrally funded or they are funded by the Students' Union Campaigns budget. He feels that this leaves them wide open to a range of issues, including the possibility of stifling the voice of  liberation campaigns, to enforcing the use of large amounts of limited space in the student newspaper for campaigns.

Jeremy feels that it should be impossible for Council, Executive, General Meetings, or any other democratic decision making structure to mandate on the content of centrally funded union media, and re-introduce freedom of the press.  While the Union page can be filled with whatever it's sub-editor and the paper editor agree on, this does not amount to mandating content, as these individuals are accountable to the students.

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