Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Bill protects school papers from censorship

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Mateo, has introduced a bill, SB 1370, to prohibit schools and colleges from retaliating against employees for standing up for students' free speech rights. Yee's bill is intended to stop schools from shutting down student papers or dismissing journalism advisers in order to clamp down on unfavorable coverage. Yee has documented eight cases in the state in which journalism advisers were either dismissed or reassigned after being confronted by school officials who chafed at embarrassing or revelatory stories, the Mercury News reports.

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