Paul Isom claims East Carolina University fired him from his position as student media director because the student newspaper East Carolinian “published a controversial front-page photo of a streaker” in November with his OK, Student Press Law Center reported. Isom said he was told his firing was because the school “wanted to move in a different direction.” According to the East Carolinian’s report, Isom said the university was “very careful not to give a specific reason” for his firing.
According to Student Press Law Center, the school’s student affairs vice chancellor Virginia Hardy suggested the photo was inappropriate after its Nov. 8 publication.
Student Press Law Center’s executive director Frank LoMonte called the firing “retaliation for an editorial judgment made by the students that was completely within the students’ authority to make.”
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Read more about the case here.
The East Carolinian also wrote about the firing here.
UPDATE: 1/11/2012 8:55 AM EST: Fixed timestamp. Story originally published 1/10/2012 at 12:15 PM EST.