Censorship Costs: University of California system lost $800,000 defending censorship of ‘The Koala’
After an op-ed satirizing safe spaces, UCSD tried to shut down a student newspaper. The subsequent lawsuit cost them a pretty penny.
**$824,317.86** The cost to California taxpayers for defending University of California, San Diego's censorship of "The Koala."
UC San Diego spent $800,000 trying to shut down an offensive satirical paper that anyone could have told the school wasn't really possible to shut down given the Constitution
Nicholas A. Christakis
In 2015, administrators at UCSD pressed their lawyers to find a “creative legal solution” to get around the pesky First Amendment rights of an abrasive, off-color student newspaper. As wholly predictable, they lost.
The University of California censored a student newspaper that satirized safe spaces. They got sued and lost $800,000 defending themselves. Sounds worth it?