New Voices of Rhode Island is a movement to guarantee student journalists in the state the freedom to report without fear of consequence. Right now, there is no added protection against administrative censorship for high school or college journalists and their advisers, leaving them vulnerable to censorship for simply reporting the truth.
Sen. Gayle Goldin, D-Providence, filed Senate Bill 600 on March 15, 2017. As filed, the bill applies only to students in public K-12 schools and not colleges. The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bill follows an unsuccessful effort to pass press-freedom legislation during 2016.
HB 7677, the Student Journalists’ Freedom of Expression Act, by Rep. Jeremiah O’Grady, D-Lincoln, was filed on Feb. 24, 2016. The bill had its first committee hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on March 16 with no one testifying in opposition. However, the bill did not get a floor hearing before the session ended.
To get involved or learn more, contact Yanine Castedo at yanine [at] providencestudentunion.org.
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