FIRE has joined an amicus brief supporting freedom of the press at
University. Advisor Ronald Johnson was removed after administrators determined, in part based on its level of “diversity” coverage, that the award-winning paper had “quality” issues. While the move was widely recognized as a punishment of the newspaper, the court went so far as to determine, incomprehensibly, that the “content analysis” of the paper that led to the removal did not represent an attempt by Kansas State, as a public institution, to influence the content of the paper. FIRE and other organizations are working to ensure that this method of punishing students and influencing news coverage does not become a regular feature on America’s public college campuses.