Editorial Lent Issue 7 2010

James Burton 27 February 2010

The Cambridge Student would like to apologise to our readers for the late release of this paper.

Following the intervention of the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) trustees (see article K.1 of the CUSU Constitution), the editors were told on Wednesday night that we could not print two stories “for legal reasons.”

The editors chose to delay printing and ask the trustees to seek professional legal advice, rather than relying on the opinions of those without the necessary qualifications to provide a clear view.

Ultimately, our caution was vindicated: when professional advice was finally given, it emerged that we had every right to print the articles in question.

The situation was poorly handled by the trustees. Whilst CUSU, as TCS’ publisher, does of course have a responsibility to make sure the content we print is legal, they also have a responsibility to seek thorough professional advice before removing articles from the paper.

As editors, we spend our whole week working to a deadline, and choosing to miss one is not a decision to be taken lightly. But, on Wednesday night, the imperative was to avoid a rash decision being made on the spur of the moment, and to protect this paper’s journalistic integrity.

James Burton