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Cedarville Student Journalists Protest PR Oversight

Cedarville Student Journalists Protest PR Oversight
April 24, 2009

The student editors at Cedarville University have decided not to publish their newspaper because of new rules requiring prior oversight and review by the institution's public relations office. Christianity Today broke the story Thursday, publishing a statement by the student editors saying in part: "Review by the public relations department undermines our ability to think critically and engage culture. We grieve the loss of free expression and healthy discourse once found in your newspaper, traits that ought to characterize all vibrant institutions of higher learning." An e-mail from Carl A. Ruby, vice president for student life, said, "We acknowledge that finding the right balance of freedom of expression is difficult, especially in the context of a community of believers who voluntarily give up some of our freedoms for the sake of our shared mission." Cederville, a Baptist university, is already facing criticism that it does not tolerate theological dissent.

 

 

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