Two Canadian student newspapers are fighting back after threats of censorship this month. At one, a student government group wants to kick the newspaper out of its offices, and at another, campus administrators seek a ruling that would allow them to ignore the students' current and future requests for public records.The editor of The Gazette, the University of Western Ontario’s independent student newspaper, learned a few weeks ago that the newspaper's editorial office would be turned into a prayer room. The proposal came after the University Students’ Council began an extensive review of The Gazette’s practices. According to the newspaper's reports, it was after this review that the paper learned that its editorial office of 40 years would be converted into a new multi-faith room in response to what the committee referenced as concerns from those who use the current prayer room.The proposed move would put Gazette staff members in a space that is more than 700 square feet smaller than the current office.
The University of Florida postponed plans to remove and replace two dozen of The Independent Florida Alligator's on-campus racks, one day after the independent student newspaper filed a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction.The newspaper has been fighting a school proposal that would put the university in charge of the paper’s distribution sites on campus.