By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow.com
The student government at a Connecticut university is being criticized for slashing its student newspaper’s funding after it published a controversial op-ed piece.
Wesleyan Argus staff writer Byran Stascavage in a September 14th editorial wrote that the Black Lives Matter movement should combat its own extremists. Ari Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) tells OneNewsNow that shortly after the piece was published, an indignant student government cut the paper’s budget nearly in half.
“If student journalists have to worry that offending someone is going to cost them their job at the paper, or the paper’s very funding, then the role of student press goes back down to basically nothing,” Cohn contends. “It’s an assortment of puff pieces.
But he says the student government’s action does not reflect the university’s position on free speech, “as exemplified by Wesleyan University’s president coming out and supporting The Argus’s ability and freedom to publish controversial ideas. Even he has criticized the Student Government Association’s decision to strip funding from The Argus,” Cohn reports.
The FIRE spokesman concludes that the student government’s action is profoundly dangerous both for America’s functioning as a democratic society and for the student body’s own intellectual development.