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The First Amendment rights provided to journalists--freedom of speech and of the press--are fundamental beliefs held by Americans. What students learn in the government class, however, may not be what they learn as editors-in-chief of student newspapers. U.S. schools are being charged with the censorship of student publications at an ever-increasing rate. A review of recent court cases shows that from editorials and articles to advertising, university administrators and even student governments are trying to censor not only student newspapers but also student-run radio stations, yearbooks, and television productions. University administrators, including presidents and student affairs officials of some universities, have removed editors of publications from office, requested review of publications prior to print, and created environments in which an editor's only recourse is to resign. Educational facilities have long been the sites of debate, and, in the past, have encouraged the questioning of the status quo. But recently, however, the tactics that those wanting to censor student newspapers have been using is to throw away copies of the paper--an offense that college administers and courts have been slow to recognize as criminal and slow to punish. (Contains 24 references.) (TB)

Descriptors: Censorship, College Administration, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech, High Schools, Higher Education, Journalism, Mass Media Role, Scholastic Journalism, School Newspapers, Student Government, Student Publications, Student Rights

Author: Oettinger, Lauren

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12497&id=ED390052

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