Muscatine Community College newspaper sues administration

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Muscatine Community College has been sued by current and former student staffers of the school’s newspaper on accusations of violating free speech.

The Muscatine Journal (http://bit.ly/1GT9BLd ) reports the lawsuit, filed Tuesday, says the paper and the college have had issues over various articles. Jim Compton, a staff member and the newspaper’s adviser, was replaced with an instructor who will only work part time with the paper.

The lawsuit claims having a part-time adviser is the school’s way of indirectly censoring the paper since the adviser would not be able to put in the amount of time needed. Compton says the paper has had a full-time adviser since 1951.

The lawyer representing the defendants said they disagree with “most if not all the contentions made in the lawsuit.”

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com

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