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Celebrate Free Press Week with FIRE and the SPLC

By on January 28, 2013

This week, FIRE is teaming up with the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) to highlight the free speech rights of student journalists, who are far too often a target for campus censors. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Free Press Week with us:

  • Check out thefire.org/freepress for information on the most common forms of press censorship and links to tons of helpful resources for student journalists.
  • Register for our FREE webinar, “Press for Freedom: Stand Up for Student Journalists on Campus,” featuring FIRE’s Azhar Majeed and SPLC’s Adam Goldstein this Wednesday, January 30 at 4 p.m. EST!
  • Tune in to The Torch all week for blog posts explaining the most common forms of student press censorship.
  • Join the discussion this week on Facebook and Twitter. We will be using #FreePress!

In his opinion in Grosjean v. American Press Co., Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland wrote that “A free press stands as one of the great interpreters between the government and the people. To allow it to be fettered is to fetter ourselves.” 297 U.S. 233, 250 (1936). I hope you will join us this week in celebrating the important role student publications play in the marketplace of ideas and the vitality and richness they add to campus debate.