Not only was Rhode Island the 13th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and establish statehood, but it is now the 13th state to ensure the free-expression rights of student journalists.
Tuesday came with a flurry of activity for states considering New Voices press freedom bills, including Vermont, Rhode Island and Missouri.
Two bills introduced in both the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate look to defend student journalists’ freedom of speech in school-sponsored and independent media.
RHODE ISLAND — A Rhode Island bill aimed at protecting students’ right to free speech and press died in committee after no action was taken on it before the legislative session ended. The bill, which was part of the nationwide ‘New Voices’ campaign, would also protect student media advisors from being retaliated against for content… Continue reading Rhode Island New Voices bill dies in committee
A Rhode Island bill aimed at protecting students’ right to free speech and press died in committee after no action was taken on it before the legislative session ended.
A high school sophomore led the push for anti-censorship legislation in Rhode Island.
One Rhode Island student is taking a stand against administrative censorship in the state’s public high schools and universities, even if she has to lead the charge alone. With the help of high school sophomore Yanine Castedo, Rhode Island state representatives have introduced the Student Journalists’ Freedom of Expression Act, which would protect student journalists’… Continue reading High school sophomore spearheads campaign for student press freedom legislation in Rhode Island
Acollege president issued a mass-email in support of free student speech and pressfollowing an apparent theft of student newspapers at the Community College ofRhode Island.
Aproposed policy change at the University of Rhode Island would prohibit studentsfrom publishing photos or video of “sensitive material” such as criminal orviolent acts.
The Rhode Island House of Representatives hasapproved a bill requiring private universities to release more informationabout crimes handled by campus police departments that employ full-fledgedpeace officers.