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The Sun

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The Sun is the most circulated English language newspaper in the world, with a circulation of over 3,500,000 copies daily. It is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, The Sun was created out of the Daily Herald in 1964 and sold to Murdoch and made into a tabloid size in 1969. The current editor is Rebekah Wade.

By reputation, the quality of the newspaper's journalism is subordinate to the copious pictures of scantily clad young women in its pages. Its editorial line is markedly Conservative and anti-European Union. Its "page three girls" are famous, but the paper has made efforts to reduce their presence, with the feature not appearing at times when the news agenda is of a serious nature. There have been campaigns to ban page three, most recently by Clare Short. It often publishes vulgar slurs and jokes about foreign countries, the favourites being France and Germany, or the European Union in general; as an example, it printed a special edition to be distributed in France depicting president Jacques Chirac as a worm on the first page.

A major source of resentment against The Sun is over its coverage of immigrants and asylum seekers to the United Kingdom. The paper has been accused of using dubious facts and exaggerated information in its reporting on this issue, and of deliberately inciting racism and prejudice.

The Sun is notorious for its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster in Liverpool, where it printed allegations against Liverpool football fans that were later found to be untrue. This caused a boycott of the Sun in Liverpool. It made a full page apology on July 7, 2004, 15 years after the disaster, which has been criticised by some as self-serving. [1]


Note: the Sunday equivalent of The Sun in the UK is the News of the World – the Sunday Sun is an unrelated tabloid newspaper, published in Newcastle upon Tyne.

See United Kingdom Newspapers for a comparison of The Sun to other newspapers.

Table of contents
1 Editors
2 Related newspapers
3 External links

Editors

Related newspapers

Content and editorially similar newspapers published within the UK are the Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Daily Star, and the Daily Sport.

External links