Murdoch’s Irish Sun Tabloid Drops Page 3 Topless Women Pictures

The Irish Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News International Corp., has stopped showing pictures of topless women on page 3 of the paper, to “reflect the cultural differences in Ireland.”

“Page 3 is a hugely popular pillar of the Sun in the U.K.,” editor Paul Clarkson said in an e-mailed statement. “In the Irish Sun we strive to share the qualities that make the newspaper great in print and digital, but we also strive to cater for our own readers’ needs and reflect the cultural differences in Ireland.”

Campaigners in the U.K. have been pressing Murdoch to drop the pictures. Following a Twitter barrage, the News Corp. chairman tweeted that he was considering replacing the 42-year-old fixture with shots of “glamorous fashionistas” -- who would probably keep their clothes on.

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