Tuesday came with a flurry of activity for states considering New Voices press freedom bills, including Vermont, Rhode Island and Missouri.
Missouri’s Walter Cronkite New Voices Act has successfully passed through the House of Representatives and is halfway home.
Press freedom advocates in Missouri are taking another shot at protecting the state’s student journalists. State Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, introduced a revamped version of the Cronkite New Voices Act on Jan. 5.
The student press freedom legislation, which already passed the state House, now moves on to the Senate floor.
Passion filled the room when free press advocates, student journalists and educators stressed the importance of unrestricted journalism for high school and college students in a state Senate committee hearing regarding the Walter Cronkite New Voices Act on Wednesday — which the committee then passed 7-0. In 1988, Missouri became the birthplace of the landmark… Continue reading Missouri Senate committee unanimously passes New Voices legislation following hearing
The Missouri House of Representatives passed the New Voices bill that would prevent administrative censorship 131-12.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to fire Click, an assistant professor of communication. She has the right to appeal her termination.
Both "New Voices" bills will now go to their state legislatures' rules committees after passing the initial committee votes.
Two New Voices bills were passed out of their state committees this week, signaling a step forward for legislation that would protect free speech rights and press rights for student journalists. The bills, introduced in Washington and Missouri, would both protect high school and college student journalists’ right to exercise freedom of speech and of… Continue reading Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes
MISSOURI — The hearing room was packed, but when a Missouri house committee member asked for opposing testimony on a bill that would protect free speech rights for student journalists, everyone fell quiet. “It was the longest 20 seconds of my life,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director at the Student Press Law Center. “That told… Continue reading Free speech advocates testify in support of Missouri student press freedom legislation