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‘Censored in America’: ‘Fox News’ Special to Report on Dixie State Lawsuit

By October 9, 2015

Why did a group of students decide to stand up for their free speech rights and sue their college? Tune into Fox News Channel at 8 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow to find out.

Dixie State students and Young Americans for Liberty (“YAL”) members William and Joey Jergins will sit down with John Stossel to talk about their lawsuit against Utah’s Dixie State University earlier this year.

As part of FIRE’s Stand Up for Speech Litigation Project, William, Joey, and fellow student Forrest Gee filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Dixie State on March 4, 2015. The suit alleged Dixie State refused to approve promotional flyers produced by their YAL student group because the ads negatively portrayed Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Dixie State administrators told William the flyers would not be approved until he removed references to the political figures because school policy does not permit students to “disparage” or “mock[] individuals.”

On September 17, 2015—Constitution Day—Dixie State agreed to settle the lawsuit and revise the campus policies targeted by the lawsuit to meet First Amendment standards.

In addition to his segment with the Dixie State students, Stossel will explore other topics related the show’s theme of being Censored in America, including an interview with author Kirsten Powers about her new book on free speech, The Silencing.

For more information on tomorrow’s show, and how to tune in to see William and Joey tell their story, visit STOSSEL’s website.

Schools: Dixie State University