University of California at San Diego: Censorship of Student Satire Magazine
The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) announced that it had dropped its charge of "disruption" against a student humor publication, The Koala. The Koala faced charges after publishing satirical photos of a student member of a campus Chicano organization. FIRE wrote UCSD to remind it of a 1995 case when another UCSD student publication, Voz Fronteriza, celebrated the death of a Latino Immigration and Naturalization Service officer and called for the murder of other such "race traitors." In that case, UCSD-including Vice Chancellor Joseph W. Watson, whose office oversaw this year's trial of The Koala-vigorously affirmed Voz Fronteriza's "right to publish their views without adverse administrative action, "because" student newspapers are protected by the first amendment of the U.S. constitution." The charges against The Koala were dropped shortly after FIRE brought the case public. This case is a reminder that public universities cannot censor student papers and/or apply double standards.
- "Victory at UCSD, but Deception Remains; Administration Drops Case Against The Koala," June 21, 2002: The University of California, San Diego has long been seeking to silence a student humor publication, The Koala, that it officially "disfavors." In a terse statement dated June 19, 2002—one day after FIRE revealed the story to the media—the university dropped spurious charges of "disruption" against the publication, ending a hypocritical siege of constitutional rights at this public institution.
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- "Student Humor Magazine Prosecuted for Parody at UCSD: University Decision Expected This Week," June 18, 2002: Administrators at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are seeking to punish, in secret, a student humor publication, The Koala, for constitutionally protected parody. Given UCSD’s prior defense of speech that called for the murder of "race traitor" Latino government officials, its current actions betray an extraordinary double standard.
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