City College Paper Takes Financial Hit -- Was It Payback?

When administrators at Los Angeles City College slashed the budget of the campus' 80-year-old newspaper, the Collegian, they had no idea of the bad publicity the move would get the school.  KPCC FM's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports today that State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has "urged L.A. City College President Jamillah Moore to respect the free speech rights of student reporters.
" Moore has been accused of financially retaliating against the paper for its critical coverage of school officials.

Collegian editor in chief Frank Elaridi was elated.

"I think," he told Guzman-Lopez, "[it's] really important to not only have a politician stand behind what you're saying, especially when laws are involved and legal issues, but more importantly a senator who wrote some of the laws that [Moore]'s breaking." Yee is a champion of protecting the rights of college newspapers.

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