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Student journalists don't want to be censored by their school

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The House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs will hear a bill Thursday that establishes freedom of the press to aspiring journalists.

HB1848 extends media protections against censorship to student journalists.

If passed, Hawaiʻi public schools and the University of Hawaiʻi cannot censor school-sponsored media. This will not apply to any material that is an invasion of privacy, promotes dangerous ideas, or is obscene.

HB1848 passed a joint education committee hearing earlier this month. It received two dozen testimonies in support from various publication and education groups such as the Hawaiʻi Publishers Association and Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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