Each year, student newspapers face censorship on campus.
Sometimes it comes from students…
Mob censorship is a real threat to a free press. Students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst stole copies of a student paper out of the hands of one of the staff members while a university police officer refused to intervene.
The University of West Georgia Student Government Association tried to reduce funding for the student newspaper after it published an article satirizing fraternity life.
Sometimes it comes from administrators…
Quinnipiac University issued a gag order on all staff, forbidding them from talking with the student newspaper’s reporters, then threatened the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists because it encouraged students to write for the paper.
Tufts University found a student newspaper guilty of harassment for publishing facts that some students found offensive.
Has this happened at your school?
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