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Opinion The anti-free-speech movement at the University of Missouri

A journalist at the University of Missouri was challenged and physically blocked from filming protests at the school. (Video: YouTube/Mark Schierbecker)

The Washington Post (Justin Wm. Moyer and Michael E. Miller, Morning Mix) reports, “Video shows U. of Missouri protesters and professor barring media coverage.” (Of course, asking people to stop photographing is itself protected speech; a crowd’s deliberately physically pushing photographers out of the way is not.)

The professor, whom the New York Times (Austin Huguelet & Daniel Victor) identifies as Melissa Click, is shown on the video (06:23) as calling for “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here! I need some muscle over here!” Prof. Click is a professor in the University of Missouri Communication Department. Check out the Moyer and Miller post for more.

For those who want the explicit connection between photography of publicly visible things in public places and free speech, see, e.g., ACLU v. Alvarez (7th Cir. 2012).

I e-mailed Prof. Click last night for her side of the story but haven’t heard back from her; if I do, I’ll update the post accordingly.

Watch: Mass media professor tries to stop student reporter during Missouri protests. (Video: Youtube/Mark Schierbecker)