Free Speech For Student Journalists Bill Advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill designed to protect the free-speech rights of student journalists in public high schools while holding them directly accountable for stories that are libelous.

The bill won first-round approval Tuesday on a 27-5 vote.

Senator Adam Morfeld of Lincoln introduced the measure last year to prevent high school administrators from censoring articles they dislike.

The bill also prevents administrators from retaliating against faculty advisers who defend a student’s right to publish, and makes it clear that school districts can’t be held liable for articles written by students, who could be sued for a libelous article.
-speech rights of student journalists in public high schools while holding them directly accountable for stories that are libelous. The bill won first-round approval Tuesday on a 27-5 vote.

Senator Adam Morfeld of Lincoln introduced the measure last year to prevent high school administrators from censoring articles they dislike.

The bill also prevents administrators from retaliating against faculty advisers who defend a student’s right to publish, and makes it clear that school districts can’t be held liable for articles written by students, who could be sued for a libelous article.

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