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Forum Post: University Newspaper Being Censored by Administration

Posted 6 years ago on April 12, 2012, 10:10 a.m. EST by Gillian (1842)
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Christopher Newport University's campus newspaper was yanked off the racks recently in an attempt to hide any negative publicity from visitors. I decided to do a little research and discovered two stories in the local paper relating to this school's censorship. You can read the full stories at the following links:

8 June 2011
"The proposal to switch the Captain's Log to online-only raised a bit of a ruckus. Some people connected to the paper thought they saw in the official explanation —a "go green" initiative — a cover-up for a darker motive, official unhappiness with some stories that weren't flattering to CNU." http://articles.dailypress.com/2011-06-08/news/dp-edt-cnu-editorial-20110608_1_cnu-community-student-newspaper-print

9 April 2012 "Cole said the papers were distributed at about 9 a.m. and gone by noon............. On Sunday, Cole emailed President Paul Trible ( former republican congressman) about the incident, calling it "unethical, illegal and offensive" for the administration to hide newspapers in an attempt to cover up campus crime........ Cole said she did not file a theft report. The Captain's Log is free, but a handful of states consider it a crime when bulk copies of newspapers are stolen or destroyed.

Frank LoMonte, director of the Arlington-based Student Press Law Center, said Trible should issue an "authoritative condemnation" of the incident.

"If an employee is walking around thinking they did a good deed for the college, they need to be corrected," he said.

"Messing with the newspaper in any way is considered an attack on the First Amendment and is not acceptable at an institution of higher learning."

This is the second time this school year that issues of CNU's newspaper have gone missing.

In October, a student threw away stacks of The Captain's Log because she was unhappy with a story about a police officer she knew who was charged with fraud and forgery.




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