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Washington State Representative Champions Students’ Press Freedom
The Student Press Law Center reports that a Washington state representative is sponsoring a bill to protect the press freedom of high school and college students and to forbid wrongful punishment of newspaper advisors. HB 1307 would protect student media outlets even when they are financially supported by the school or connected to class work.
This bill would make Washington the only other state besides California to pass a law protecting college press freedom.
Washington and California’s legislative efforts follow the Hosty v. Carter decision in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which applied precedent governing high school speech to the collegiate press, giving universities more regulatory power over college media. You can read FIRE’s amicus brief in that case here.
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When shouting silences speaking: Disinvitations, shoutdowns, and civil disobedience
No matter what you call it, when students and faculty silence free expression on campus, censorship wins.
After Utah city Dewey-decimates librarians’ free speech rights, FIRE threatens lawsuit
Elected officials in Orem, Utah, forbade library employees from criticizing government restrictions of book displays for gay pride month
FIRE launches expanded 2023 Free Inquiry Grant program, offering $200,000 to support research on free speech
FIRE is proud to announce that we have expanded the program to $200,000, with a maximum grant size of $65,000, to fund proposals supporting research that advances the understanding of free speech and academic freedom.
How to kill online free speech
The European Court of Human Rights provides a cautionary tale as the U.S. Supreme Court faces many challenges to its robust protections for online speech.