Theft of Newspapers Made Illegal in Berkeley

By on October 31, 2003

The city of Berkeley has passed a law making it explicitly illegal to steal newspapers (after Berkeley’s mayor was fined for throwing out 1,000 copies of a student newspaper that endorsed his opponent). In that same month, Roger Williams University in Rhode Island froze publishing funds for a conservative newsletter after it published articles deemed by some to be "hostile" to others. Newspaper theft and censorship have no place at the colleges and universities of a free society.