The freedom of the press, like that of speech, is also being whittled away. Across many institutions, the right to write is becoming more and more a privilege, subject to the wants of others rather than the writers themselves: what was once protected has become unprotected. Now, instead of journalists and writer—many of whom are students—working as the mouthpieces of debate and discussion, censorship has decisively promoted a few, rather than many, types of thought.
We believe that such restrictions do nothing but create one acceptable opinion rather than allowing open discussion and debate, which are key for students at college and for Americans at large. Since the press is in some sense an extension of speech, limitations on what may be written only silence those not in positions of power, harm intellectual growth, as well as stifling democratic ideals.