AFTER almost a week’s absence prompting speculation that Page 3 features had been scrapped, The Sun has once again published a topless photo.
Today’s (Thursday 22) edition of the British paper features a winking “Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth” on Page 3, the first topless image that has appeared in the paper since last Friday.
“Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth,” the paper states beneath the headline, “Clarifications and Corrections.”
“We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”
The story that the 44-year-old feature had been removed from print editions of the paper and would only be available online was widely reported, with suggestions that the directive had come from The Sun’s owner, Rupert Murdoch.
Campaigners had been pushing for the feature they consider to be sexist, harmful to children and out-of-date for some time, and campaign group No To Page 3 declared that the fight could be back on after the paper hit the stands this morning.
No To Page 3 claimed the attention generated by this week’s story would only further garner support to their side, stating on Facebook: “Thanks to The Sun for all the publicity they’ve given the campaign.”