Public Comments for: HB406 - Higher education; students and student organizations, remedies for certain violations.
Last Name: Davis Organization: Student Press Law Center Locality: Washington, DC

The Student Press Law Center supports the provisions of this bill relating to section 23.1-401.2, student journalists; free speech and the press. We have no position on this bill as it relates to other sections of the law. The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is an independent, non-partisan organization that, since 1974, has helped students of all ages participate in civic life and learn essential skills, ethics and values through the vehicle of journalism. In addition to providing education and free legal services to student journalists and advisers, we have worked alongside advocates on the ground to support “New Voices” laws, similar to 23.1-401.2, which restore and protect the freedom of the student press and clarify under which circumstances administrators may restrict or censor student media. Several of those laws include injunctive relief provisions guaranteeing the publication of illegally censored material. Such provisions provide clear recourse for student journalists and advisers, ensuring that high quality student journalism is not suppressed because of confusion as to how the law is to be enforced. We support extending these protections to Virginia's college student journalists. Thank you for supporting Virginia’s student journalists. We are available to answer any questions the committee may have. Submitted by: Hillary Davis, Advocacy and Organizing Director hdavis@splc.org

Last Name: Davis Organization: Student Press Law Center Locality: Washington, DC

The Student Press Law Center supports the provisions of this bill relating to section 23.1-401.2, student journalists; free speech and the press. We have no position on this bill as it relates to other sections of the law. The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is an independent, non-partisan organization that, since 1974, has helped students of all ages participate in civic life and learn essential skills, ethics and values through the vehicle of journalism. In addition to providing education and free legal services to student journalists and advisers, we have worked alongside advocates on the ground to support “New Voices” laws, similar to 23.1-401.2, which restore and protect the freedom of the student press and clarify under which circumstances administrators may restrict or censor student media. Several of those laws include injunctive relief provisions guaranteeing the publication of illegally censored material. Such provisions provide clear recourse for student journalists and advisers, ensuring that high quality student journalism is not suppressed because of confusion as to how the law is to be enforced. We support extending these protections to Virginia's college student journalists. Thank you for supporting Virginia’s student journalists. We are available to answer any questions the committee may have. Submitted by: Hillary Davis, Advocacy and Organizing Director hdavis@splc.org

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