The Student Government Association at Montclair State University in New Jersey has cut the paper’s funding. As a result, they are no longer able to publish:
Here is the paper’s editorial.
The New York Times picked up the story yesterday:
Here are the first three paragraphs of the Times’ article, which give a good overview:
In a rancorous dispute that has pitted student journalists against student government, the editors of Montclair State Universityâ€™s weekly newspaper were forced to stop publishing last week after the student body president froze the paperâ€™s financing.
The editors of the paper, The Montclarion, claim that the president, Ron Chicken, improperly used his authority, cutting off the newspaperâ€™s funds to silence criticism of the student government.
The student body president, however, told the Montclarionâ€™s editors that they had violated the by-laws of the student government association by hiring their own lawyer.
The Society of Professional Journalists (full disclosure: I’m a member) posted on its site a letter to the Montclarion editor, excerpts of which were just to members sent via e-mail:
Weigh in: What are your thoughts on the situation? Has this happened/could this happen at your university?