State Representative Darrin Camilleri (D-23) has introduced legislation that safeguards the rights of student journalists to exercise free speech and freedom of the press. HB 4551 would make Michigan the 10th state to pass such protections for student journalists. Some schools currently require administrative approval before their publications can go to print. The legislation would remove that ability, provided the content being printed isn’t libel, invades privacy or incites readers to violence.
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Massachusetts and Oregon have passed legislation to protect student journalists.