‘Firefly’ Case in FIRE News

September 26, 2011

This morning we reported that University of WisconsinStout (UWS) professor James Miller has been censored twice, reported to the university’s "threat assessment team," and threatened with criminal charges because of satirical postings outside his office door. The first poster depicted a quotation from actor Nathan Fillion’s character in the television series Firefly. After taking it down, the UWS Chief of Police threatened Miller with with criminal charges for disorderly conduct if he posted similar content in the future. After UWS censored his second poster, which stated, "Warning: Fascism," Miller came to FIRE for help.

Because of the absurdity of this censorship, the Web wires have erupted. Below are a few of the places you can view media coverage of this case:

In large part thanks to all this media exposure, more than 200 supporters have already written to UWS Chancellor Charles Sorensen, demanding that he respect free speech at UWS. If you want to add your voice to theirs, you can do so here.

Schools:  University of Wisconsin – Stout

Cases:  University of Wisconsin – Stout: Censorship, Referral to Threat Assessment Team, and Threat of Criminal Charges after Professor Puts Posters Outside Office Door