Friday, June 8, 2007

Stop the Presses: College Campus Press Act

Friday, June 08, 2007

Illinois college journalists are in line to receive the same free press rights as their professional counterparts if Gov. Rod Blagojevich approves a bill passed this week by the state legislature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the College Campus Press Act- passed unanimously by the state senate and 112-2 in the Illinois House - would permit college student journalists "to write articles without fear that college officials could censor or bar publication of their work."

College press freedom is a hot topic in Illinois, after a prominent prior restraint case in 2001 at Governors State University. Three student journalists sued the school after a dean stopped the paper from being printed after learning there would be several stories critical of the university, according to the Tribune. The case went to the courts and the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that college administrators did have the right to use prior review and restraint for student papers if the publications weren't designated as a "public forum for student expression," according to Virginia-based Student Press Law Center. The new Illinois legislation designates college publications as public forums for student expression.

Gov. Blagojevich has 60 days to decide whether to sign or veto the bill.

For more, visit: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-collegepressjun08,1,6884139.story

1 Responses to “Stop the Presses: College Campus Press Act”

Claral said...
6:27 AM, November 10, 2008

Good post.


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