FIRE Alert: Vandals Stifle Free Speech at Berkeley
March 8, 2002
At the University of California at Berkeley, on the night of February 25, 2002, vandals broke into the office of the College Republicans and stole 3000 copies of a student publication, The California Patriot. Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl denounced the theft as "unconscionable," pledging both to conduct a full investigation and to bring criminal and campus charges against those responsible. FIRE is dismayed by the high level of recent "book burnings" on American campuses (at Berkeley and elsewhere) and trusts that Chancellor Berdahl's words will be matched by his actions. FIRE will follow this case closely, expecting Berkeley to defend the free speech of its students from lawless censors.