Central Washington University: Administrators Steal Newspapers in Response to Coverage of University Budget Cuts

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Central Washington University

In April 2022, two Central Washington University administrators threw away stacks of student newspaper The Observer to prevent prospective students who were visiting campus from seeing a story about university budget cuts. On April 25, FIRE wrote to CWU explaining that this confiscation constituted not only theft, but also First Amendment viewpoint-based discrimination — “an egregious form” of censorship. After FIRE’s letter, CWU apologized to The Observer.