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Re: Censorship at Johns Hopkins University

Anthony, Orwellian is exactly the word I thought of when I heard about the Johns Hopkins case.  Jered Ede reported  in his now infamous story that JHU Associate Dean of Student Life, Ralph Johnson, said, “The general consensus is, that no matter how morally repugnant the free speech is, we have to find a way to allow it,” regarding porn director Chi Chi LaRue’s right to speak at the expense of tuition dollars.  

After removing the Carrollton Record from the dorms, it appears, however, that JHU administrators think all speech should be allowed, but some speech should be allowed more than others. 

Yet according to JHU spokesman Dennis O’Shea the Carrollton Record was not censored:  

O’Shea maintains that what the university did was not censorship. He tells NRO that the Record had not registered with the university to distribute in the dormitories and was thus in violation of an “anti-clutter rule.”  In fact, this rule was not enforced against any other student newspapers, or even against a pizza company that had dropped off stacks of coupons in the dorms, as shown by these photos. “I’ve been told this anti-clutter rule has been enforced before,” insists O’Shea — but he couldn’t list a specific instance in which another publication had been removed.

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