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Robertson School statement in support of The Commonwealth Times

Feb 28, 2020

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The faculty and staff of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University wish to express their alarm at an incident this week in which copies of The Commonwealth Times newspaper apparently were removed in bulk from racks in several locations on campus and discarded. Of even greater concern are reports that the removal might have been connected to a critical report in the newspaper about VCU’s Student Government Association.

This allegation raises questions of criminal conduct, and it appears to attack the most fundamental tenet of a free press in American society: Ideas should never be suppressed, and censorship can never be condoned.

Robertson School faculty and staff wish to thank the VCU Student Affairs Office and the VCU Police for their swift and thorough response to this act of attempted censorship.

In situations such as this, the Robertson School faculty and staff also hope the university community will recall the words of Thomas Jefferson that “the only security of all is in a free press” and unanimously support the journalists of The Commonwealth Times in their quest to seek truth and report it.