Democratic Assemblymember Leland Yee says the bill was prompted by a recent federal court decision that indicates under certain circumstances, the content of college papers can be censored.
“When you have an administration that can decide when and how and what to print, that is a pretty scary situation.
Schools generally subsidize papers – but John Hornberg, a news editor at the American River Current – a community college paper in Sacramento – says that shouldn’t give them license to censor:
“We’re learning what we need to do to be journalists and if they go out and take that away, then there’s no reason to even be in this class.”
A spokesperson with the California State University Chancellor’s office says C-S-U doesn’t have a position on the legislation – and there’s no system-wide policy on editorial review of student papers.