Freedom of Speech concerning University Publication

Feb 3rd, 2012
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UNews is a student run newspaper at U Mass Boston. UNews was one of a number of student organizations that received funding from the school. The paper had recently been very critical of the administration’s policy towards student privacy. As a result, the administration decided to withdraw all funding from the publication and to stop offering them office space on campus.

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Freedom of Speech concerning University Publication Topic 1:UNews v. U Mass BostonBy: Eduardo SaldivarBusiness LawAngela LowellTuesday,Thursday 12:00UNews is a student run newspaper at U Mass Boston. UNews was one of a number of student organizations that received funding from the school. The paper had recently been very critical of the administration's policy towards student privacy. As a result, the administration decided to withdraw all funding from the publication and to stop offering them office space on campus. In response, the members UNews brought suit against the school, claiming that their First Amendment free speech rights had been violated. The key issue before the court is as follows:Does the refusal of a public university to financially support a school newspaper because it published a story conflicting with their policies violate the First Amendment of the Constitution? The Drafters of the Constitution were familiar with government repression of political speech. Prior to the American Revolution, the King imprisoned and even killed both men and women who endorsed minority political parties in England, in order to limit opposing views. Many of the opposed left England in hopes of freedom in the New World, but instead they found colonial governments that did the same thing. The free speech clause of the Constitution was drafted to protect such political dissenters from a similar fate in the newly founded United States. The U.S. Supreme Court gave op

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