Satirical student newspaper prevails in censorship dispute with UC San Diego

A settlement between plaintiffs and the UC San Diego and a student satirical publication was notable for gaining protection for student journalists against financial censorship. After objecting to an article in the Koala, a satirical newspaper, the student government withdrew funding for every student media outlet. (Student Press Law Center, September 18, 2020, by Ginny Bixby and Joe Severino)

The university will pay $162,500 as part of the settlement in the case brought by the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial counties. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals revived the lawsuit after a federal judge dismissed it in 2017. FAC was part of a coalition in support of students’ speech rights. The Associated Students agreed to fund The Koala. (Times of San Diego, September 10, 2020, by City News Service)