A Big Win for Political Expression – Why Punish the Advocate?


In 2011, hundreds of CUNY students and sympathizers protested while the board of trustees met at Baruch College. (photo: Michael Appleton/The New York Times)
In 2011, hundreds of CUNY students and sympathizers protested while the board of trustees met at Baruch College. (photo: Michael Appleton/The New York Times)

 

Bill Simpich | Reader Supported News | January 14, 2016

y friend Ron McGuire is a lawyer. He is involved in a case of life and death. His life. His death. He is trying to get paid more than eleven dollars an hour for a civil rights case he has worked on for 19 years. A case that he won.

For the first time, the students at the City University of New York (CUNY) –predominantly young people of color and Muslim immigrants – can publish their student newspaper without being subject to the worst kind of censorship. CUNY has the third largest student body in the country.

The Second Circuit upheld the right of student journalists to publish prominent editorial opinions on candidates for election on the campus.

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