FIRE’s Work Recognized in the ‘Boston Herald’
December 31, 2007
by Azhar Majeed
The Boston Herald
published a recent article
recognizing FIRE’s efforts to promote free speech rights and eradicate speech codes on America’s college campuses.
The article highlights FIRE’s efforts on behalf of students at Tufts University
who were found guilty of harassment for publishing two satirical pieces in a student publication. As the article details, while Tufts ultimately overturned the ban it had imposed on anonymous editorials, it has refused to this point to remove the harassment finding against the student publication.
article also discusses the fact that Northeastern University
in Boston was named FIRE’s “Speech Code of the Month” for February 2007. It ties this in with the bigger picture nationally; as the article notes, FIRE’s Spotlight on Speech Codes 2007
report found that an astonishing 75 percent of institutions reviewed “maintain policies that clearly restrict speech that outside the borders of campus is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.” This figure, perhaps more than anything else, underscores that FIRE still has plenty of work to do as 2007 nears its end and the calendar turns to the new year.