Will in PBS’ MediaShift: ‘Why Students Need a Guide to Free Speech on Campus’

August 6, 2012

If you still require convincing to check out the second edition of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus (electronic copies are available free!), FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley has you covered. He has a new article up on the front page of PBS’ MediaShift, entitled "Why Students Need a Guide to Free Speech on Campus More Than Ever." 

In it, Will highlights the importance of new media and social media, which we cover in the new Guide: 

… because student speech is more visible than ever before, the threat of censorship has grown accordingly. An all-night conversation that might have remained behind dorm room doors a decade ago is now just as likely to be emblazoned upon a Facebook page, where it may be discovered the next morning by a far wider audience than intended. Given this new visibility, all manner of student speech — criticism of professors or university administrators, heated political debate, dissenting or unpopular opinions, embarrassing jokes — may provoke dangerous attempts to censor and punish student expression.

If Will’s stories about the shocking censorship against Hayden Barnes, Marc Bechtol, and Professor Jim Miller don’t prove to you why students and faculty need a Guide to Free Speech on Campus, I don’t know what will. Read his article and see for yourself.