The Sun newspaper could be banned from sale in the Union Shop because of its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Chair of the Union Council, Sam Mannion, proposed that council pass the ban without a referendum, although he admitted he would be happy to see students vote on the issue.
Mannion said: “We are a values-led organisation, we see that through, for example, the Nestlé boycott.
“This is a personal issue for me, I can admit that.”
The proposal was met with opposition from many of the councillors.
Journalism Councillor Tom Donnelly said: “Banning The Sun would be a totalitarian act of censorship, and given the fact that newspapers are course texts for Journalism students, The Sun should not be banned from the Union Shop.”
Sports Officer Ben Baldwin said: “This proposed boycott would impede on students’ right to choice.
“If we start banning newspapers based on bad journalism, we will have to ban a few more tabloids.”
Following the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in which 96 people died due to overcrowding, The Sun published an edition entitled “The Truth” which blamed the tragedy on drunk Liverpool fans.
The majority of councillors voted against the proposal leaving Mannion unsure of whether or not to continue with the motion.
Circulation has significantly decreased in Merseyside since the edition was published.
However, Mannion may not be able to campaign fully for his proposal due to his role within Union Council.
Mannion said: “Given that I put this forward before I was elected Chair of Union Council, I had a lot more freedom to do it then, but now I’m Chair I’m not sure how appropriate it would be to continue lobbying for it within council.”
The proposal reads: “We would be fully justified in joining with the many people who refuse to purchase, and the many newsagents who refuse to stock, on principle, The Sun newspaper.
“It appears that the government has now committed to releasing the full Cabinet papers around the time of the disaster, which should hopefully lead to justice for the 96 and their families (22 years too late).”