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Across the nation, in response to the atrocities of September 11, 2001, and to the debates and discussions that have occurred in their wake, many college and university administrators are acting to inhibit the free expression of the citizens of a free society. Some administrations continue selective repression as if nothing had occurred: in the... Read more Read more


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TAMPA, Fla., August 30, 2002—Vindicating FIRE’s position, the University of South Florida (USF) has abandoned its claim that negative reactions to Professor Sami Al-Arian’s otherwise protected speech constituted appropriate grounds to fire him. USF now has set forth charges of sanctionable and criminal behavior against the tenured professor of computer science, against which he now... Read more Read more


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WASHINGTON, DC—American University (AU) has punished an undergraduate student journalist for videotaping a public speech by Tipper Gore. A kangaroo court at AU found the student guilty of "possession of stolen property." "American University jumped at the chance to silence a critic, without a care for free speech, journalistic freedom, and fundamental fairness," said Alan... Read more Read more


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LA JOLLA, CA—On June 19, 2002, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) announced that it had dropped its charge of "disruption" against a student humor publication, The Koala. Despite clear evidence to the contrary, UCSD claims that "neither the complaint nor the hearing concerned The Koala‘s editorial content." FIRE has been active in the... Read more Read more


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LA JOLLA, CA—Violating constitutional protections of free expression and due process, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has charged a student publication, The Koala, with "disruption" for taking photographs at a meeting of a student group, the Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos de Aztlan (MEChA). When a public trial was held, the administration quashed it... Read more Read more


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